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Commercial Building Annual Inspection Checklist

Check the following to prepare for your next inspection:

Access and Premises

• Building address should be clearly vis­ible from street.

• Exterior access should be clear.

• Fire department connection should be
clearly visible and readily accessible.

• Lockbox should be accessible and have proper keys for complete building access.

• Fire hydrants should be visible and accessible.

Means of Egress

• All exit doors should be visible, acces­sible, and fully functional.

• All exit doors should readily open from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.

• All required fire doors must be self-closing and latch in the closed position

Electrical

• Cover plates should be installed on all electrical receptacles.

• All circuits should be properly labeled on all electrical panels.

• There should be 30 inches of clear access in front of all electrical panels.

• Extension cords shouldn't be used, except for temporary power.

• All extension cords should be heavy duty, in good condition, and used for only small appliances.

• All extension cords should be grounded.

• If multiple items need to be plugged in, power strips with built-in circuit breakers should be used, and should be plugged directly into a permanent receptacle.

Egress Lighting

• All means of egress should be properly illuminated when the building is occupied.

• All emergency lighting units should be operable and properly located to illumi­nate all portions of the means of egress (push test button to check).

• • All exit signs should be properly illu­minated, and battery back-up should operate (if required — push test button to check).

 

Fire Extinguishers

• Generally, fire extinguishers should be installed within 75 feet of all areas of the building.

• All extinguishers should be visible and readily accessible.

• All extinguishers should meet the minimum required rating, or should be installed for special hazards.

• All extinguishers should be installed at the proper height above the floor (generally, the top of the extinguishers should be no more than 5-feet above the floor).

• All extinguishers should've been inspected and tagged by an approved agency within the past 12 months.

Fire-Alarm System

• An annual fire-alarm system functional performance test should be completed, along with a record of completion (you should have a copy available for the fire inspector).

Fire-Sprinkler System

• Annual fire-sprinkler-system inspection, testing, and maintenance should be completed, along with a record of completion (you should have a copy available for the fire inspector).

• All storage should be located at least18-inches below all fire sprinklers (in large warehouses, storage heights may be different.)

Special Suppression Systems

(kitchen Wet Chemical, Clean Agent, etc.)

·     Annual or semi-annual special fire suppression system inspection, testing, and maintenance should be completed, along with a record of completion provided. (you should have a copy available for the fire inspector)

Heat-Producing Appliances and Devices

•  Only UL-Listed portable electric heaters should be used, and only on a temporary basis.

•  All electrical portable heaters should have a clear space on all sides of at least 36 inches.

• All gas-fired heat -producing appliances (furnaces, water heaters, etc.) should have a clear space from combustibles of at least 36 inches on all sides.

 

• All gas-fired heat -producing appliances should have vents properly installed and maintained.

 

• Proper clearance of combustibles should be maintained from all light fixtures.

 

Storage and Maintenance of Building Areas

·        All trash and waste should be removed from the building daily. (It’s not allowed to accumulate)

·        All oily rags or similar materials should be stored in approved metal containers.

·        All combustible materials should be stored in an orderly manner.

·        No combustibles should be stored in any portion of the means of egress.

·        All combustible decorations should be properly treated with fire retardants.

·        All interior finishes should meet the code requirements for the type of occupancy.

·        All combustible or flammable liquids should be properly stored in approved containers or cabinets.

·        All compressed gas containers (tanks) should be secured to prevent them from falling over.

 

Smoke and Carbon monoxide Alarms

·        All single or multi-station smoke alarms (detectors) should be operating properly (batteries should be replaced annually)

·        All carbon-monoxide alarms (detectors) should be operating properly.