If your business isn’t up to date with fire equipment inspections, you could expect to pay heavy fines. In some places, a fire marshal or authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) may require you to close your business until those safety measures have been put into place. To ensure you’re able to operate and make a profit, here are a few things you need to pass your fire safety inspection.
At Keystone Fire, we can install the appropriate fire protection equipment and provide ongoing inspection and maintenance.
1. Emergency Exit Lights
When an emergency occurs, people often panic. When humans are in panic mode, they need clear instructions on where to go. Emergency exit lights offer those clear directions, illuminating egress routes. Exit signs alone won’t do because, during a fire, visibility is extremely low. Combining exit signage with emergency lighting helps guide building occupants to safety in a potentially smoke-filled room or hallway.
It is important your emergency lights have backup batteries in case of a power outage, and these batteries should be checked and replaced regularly.
2. Fire Extinguishers
Besides emergency exit signs and lights, fire extinguishers are perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment you need in your business to pass a fire inspection. Depending on your environment, you may need more than the standard fire extinguisher location per 75 feet. It is also important to have the right extinguisher for the application – does your facility need a standard ABC or something more robust like a cartridge-operated or wheeled fire extinguisher? To ensure your extinguishers can pass an official inspection, we offer fire extinguisher inspection in Philadelphia.
Here a few other quick facts about fire extinguishers that you need to comply with:
- Must have at least 2A-10BC size rating
- Must be professionally serviced annually with recommended monthly checks
- Extinguishers must not be obstructed
- Extinguishers must be hung and labeled properly
3. Fire Alarm Panels
You’ll need a reliable fire alarm panel to control the fire alarm system in your building; Keystone trusts Notifier by Honeywell. The inspector will check the panel closely to ensure it’s operating correctly and there are no short circuits or trouble signals indicating an issue with one or more of the devices.
Any unaddressed warning lights could result in false alarms or accidental system discharges. A false alarm could result in a citation because it will require unnecessary response from the local fire department. An accidental discharge of a sprinkler or suppression system could leave behind an expensive mess. Like all fire protection equipment, you will want to make sure the inspection tag on your fire alarm panel is up to date.
4. Fire Sprinklers
While not all situations may require a fire sprinkler system, it certainly pays to have one. In most places, it is now standard fire protection and building code to have a working sprinkler system installed. Fire sprinkler systems can help put out fires before they grow into huge infernos.
For a fire sprinkler system, you need to make sure that the sprinkler heads are unobstructed. Many times businesses will stack storage crates or other supplies high and end up obstructing the sprinkler head. According to the Philadelphia fire protection code, you should have at least 18 inches of clearance around each sprinkler. It is also important not to paint over or hang anything from sprinkler heads.
Get The Equipment You Need Today
Don’t let your investment in your business go up in flames. Invest in simple, sensible fire protection solutions and rest easy in knowing your business is a safer place for employees and customers. Contact Keystone today to schedule your next inspection.