Occupants of offices in residential buildings with few exits should be wary of locking themselves into confined spaces. The precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, surviving and reducing the damage caused by emergencies. Preparing for the annual inspection is key to developing a good working relationship with the fire inspector and gaining positive results. Using a general checklist can help you prepare for the inspection.The inspection from a fire department may be unscheduled, depending on occupancy type. If the fire inspector arrives unannounced, and it’s inconvenient for you – or you’re unprepared – it’s acceptable to ask that the fire inspector reschedule the inspection.

Meet with the inspector prior to beginning the actual inspection and ask what types of items the inspector will be looking for. Give the fire inspector copies of all of your system or equipment inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) reports. Review these reports with the inspector prior to his/her walkthrough, and let the inspector know that any issues noted previously have been corrected. Make sure a responsible person is available to accompany the fire inspector with keys to all areas, and take notes (even though the inspector will likely give you a report when the inspection has been completed). These notes may give you additional insight into the inspector’s thought process, and may provide valuable information for future inspections.

Maintaining fire-protection features is critically important for fire and life safety within buildings. Fire-protection systems’ ITM and results reports are required by all the national codes and standards, and likely by your insurance carrier.