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FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST
This Fire Safety Checklist can help
occupants identify any unsafe conditions and correct them prior to inspection by
the Fire Marshal. It can also assist you and your employees in becoming familiar
with the fire safety features for your building. Fires are devastating
personally and economically. We hope this checklist will help you avoid a fire
in your building.
This list addresses most common fire prevention methods.
The Fire Marshal/Inspectors (in your
jurisdiction) may cover additional technical items
during an actual inspection.
Are your address and suite number
readable from the street?
Is the area around your building free
of weeds and/or debris?
Are dumpsters located more than five
(5) feet away from combustible walls, openings and roof overhangs?
Are all portable fire extinguishers
visible, readily accessible and fully charged? Have they been inspected within
the past twelve (12) months by a State Fire Marshal licensed Fire Extinguisher
Are employees familiar with the use of
portable fire extinguishers?
Is the path to all electrical fuse and
breaker equipment un-obstructed and is there 30 inches of clearance in front
of this equipment?
Are all circuit breakers labeled to
show their service location?
Are electrical cover plates on all wall
plugs, switches and junction boxes?
Extension cords providing power to
permanent fixtures (over 24 hours) are not allowed. Breaker protected power
strips of sufficient amperage capacity are allowed up to 15 feet. No extension
cords running through walls, floors or ceilings are allowed under any
Are portable electric heaters equipped
with automatic safety shutoff devices if the device is tipped.
Are combustibles stored at least four
(4) feet from gas furnaces and water heaters?
Are boiler rooms, mechanical rooms,
electrical panel rooms free from storage and obstruction? If the boiler
exceeds 200,000 BTU, has it been inspected by the State Boiler Inspection
Department within the last two (2) years?
Is storage orderly? If the building has
a fire sprinkler system, is storage eighteen (18) inches or more below
Are exit passageways, corridors,
stairways, and exits free of storage and obstructions?
Are less than seven (7) gallons of
flammable or combustible liquids whose containers have been opened stored
outside flammable cabinets or other approved storage areas?
If combustible waste and/or rags are
stored in the business, are they in non-combustible containers with
Are Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
available for all report required hazardous chemicals used in your business?
Are all illuminated exit signs working
including the battery backup emergency light.
Is there only one (1) lock or latching
device per exit door? Are all designated exit doors unlocked while building is
Can all designated exit doors be opened
from the inside without a key or any special knowledge or effort?
If a designated exit door can be locked
from the inside, is there a durable sign visible from inside the building on
or adjacent to that door stating, "THIS DOOR TO REMAIN UNLOCKED DURING
BUSINESS HOURS" which has letters at least two (2) inches high on a
Are all required emergency lights
functioning properly if power shuts off?
Are all holes in sheetrock walls and
ceilings patched and are all ceiling tiles in place and in good condition?
Are all compressed gas cylinders
secured to prevent tipping or falling?
Are evacuation route diagrams present
in exit corridors, stairwells, and near elevators?
Are smoking areas designated and
supplied with ashtrays or ash receptacles?
If your building has an automatic fire
alarm system, has it been inspected by a State Fire Marshal approved Fire
Alarm Company within the last twelve (12) months?
If your building has a fire sprinkler
system, has it been inspected by a State Fire Marshal Certified Fire Sprinkler
Company within the last twelve (12) months?
If your building has a chemical fire
suppression system has it been inspected by a State Fire Marshal Certified
Fire Suppression System Company within the last six (6) months?
If you commercially cook in your
building and have a vent hood system, is the hood and vent to the exterior
free of grease buildup?