Business/Fire Safety Inspections

Fire and life safety inspections, whether in a residence or commercial occupancy, are an important function of the fire department to reduce fire loss through prevention. These inspections also play a role in the departments overall community risk reduction program. While the fire department stands ready should a fire happen, it is our goal to minimize or eliminate these occurrences by keeping them from occurring in the first place.
Residential Fire and Life Safety Inspections
Our fire prevention staff is available if you would like to schedule an appointment to have them inspect your home for any fire hazards. These inspections are free of charge. Use the link below to schedule your home fire inspection today.

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Commercial Fire and Life Safety Inspections
Commercial occupancy inspections are driven by two guiding documents used by fire departments to establish fire inspection programs, the International Fire Code (IFC) and the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) grading schedule. 

WSRB requires that a certified fire inspector inspect EVERY commercial occupancy annually. The IFC requires the same, as a minimum, but further requires occupancies such as Hazard Class occupancies to be inspected multiple times a year. Building with special detection and/or extinguishing system also need multiple inspections annually.

International Fire CodeWashington Survey and Rating Bureau
Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are mandated by the International Fire Code through NFPA 10. For most commercial occupancies, a 2A10BC fire extinguisher will be appropriate. Should your business deal with increased amounts of Class A (ordinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, paper, etc.) and/or Class B materials (flammable liquids such as petroleum, greases, tars, oils, etc.) then our fire prevention staff is here to help determine what size fire extinguisher would be appropriate.

Fire Extinguishers shall be readily accessible, in plain view of the public in the event of a fire, and located along normal paths of travel including exit pathways. Occupants shall not travel more than 75 feet to access a fire extinguisher.

During annual business inspections, extinguishers will be checked to ensure they have been services, are not damaged, and they meet the placement standards in NFPA 10.

References: IFC 906.2, NPFA 10 Chapters 6 and 7
Sprinkler Systems
Fire sprinkler systems are required in certain occupancies due to occupancy use and/or square footage of the occupancy. These requirements are in accordance to the International Fire Code and NFPA 13.

Systems shall be maintained in an operative status at ALL times, and shall be replaced or repaired where defective. Non-required fire protection systems and equipment shall be inspected, tested, and maintained or removed. Systems shall be inspected and all components tested annually in accordance with NFPA 25.

Record management for system testing is the responsibility of the property owner and shall be recorded in the Tegris Fire™ record management system by the individual conducting the inspection and testing.

References: IFC 901.6, NFPA 25 Chapters 5 and 13
Fire Alarm Systems
Fire detection systems, or fire alarms, are required in certain occupancies due to occupancy use and/or square footage of the occupancy. These requirements are in accordance to the International Fire Code and NFPA 72. 

Systems shall be maintained in an operative status at ALL times, and shall be replaced or repaired where defective in accordance with the International Fire Code and NFPA 72. Systems shall be inspected and tested in accordance with schedules set forth in NFPA 72, or as directed by the fire code official.

Record management for system testing is the responsibility of the property owner and shall be recorded in the Tegris Fire™ record management system by the individual conducting the inspection and testing.

References: IFC 907.8, NFPA 72 Chapter 14
Kitchen Hoods
Kitchen hood extinguishing systems, or Ansul systems, are required in commercial kitchens where grease laden cooking takes place.

Service
These systems shall be serviced at least every six months and after activation of the system. Inspection shall be by a qualified individual, and a certificate of inspection shall be forwarded to the fire code official upon completion.

Cleaning
Kitchen hoods, grease-removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be cleaned in accordance with the following sections found in IFC chapter 6:
609.3.3.1 - Hoods, grease-removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be inspected at intervals specified in Table 609.3.3.1 or as approved by the fire code official. Inspections shall be completed by qualified individuals.
609.3.3.2 - If during the inspection it is found that hoods, grease-removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances have an accumulation of grease, such components shall be cleaned in accordance with ANSI/IKECA C 10.
609.3.3.3 - Records for inspections shall state the individual and company performing the inspection, a description of the inspection and when the inspection took place. Records for cleaning shall state the individual and company performing the cleaning and when the cleaning took place. Such records shall be completed after each inspection or cleaning and maintained.
609.3.3.3.1 - When a commercial kitchen hood or duct system is inspected, a tag containing the service provider name, address, telephone number and date of service shall be provided in a conspicuous location. Prior tags shall be covered or removed.

Record management for system testing is the responsibility of the property owner and shall be recorded in the Tegris Fire™ record management system by the individual conducting the inspection and testing.

Reference: International Fire Code chapter 6