What to Expect from your Annual Fire Inspection

What to Expect from your Annual Fire Inspection Annual inspections by the fire department are performed to assess and eliminate potential fire and life safety hazards in your facility. Local authorities perform inspections to ensure that the codes and standards in place are being adhered to.  NFPA 101, Intl. Fire Code, and NFPA 96 are standards that were created through a consensus process by industry representatives, such as code officials, manufacturers, system installers, and other specialists in the field. As a business owner/operator, it is good practice to be as knowledgeable as possible on these codes and standards in order to stay compliant. While many people look at the fire and life safety inspection process negatively, these inspections benefit the business owners/operators by offering: A safe working environment for you and your employees. A safe facility for guests in an unfamiliar environment. Peace of mind for the owner operator of the facility or business. Around 80 percent of all small businesses that experience a large fire never reopen; affecting the owner/operator, employees, and valued clients. The businesses that do reopen, lose much of their customer base due to prolonged absence of production or service. A higher resale value may result from a well maintained facility. It is commonplace for buyers to hire a company to inspect the building prior to purchase to identify potential hidden costs related to fire and life safety. Many insurance carriers give businesses premium reductions for properly installed and maintained fire-protection systems. Preparing for Your Fire Inspection Preparing for your annual inspection is key to developing a good working relationship with the fire inspector and...