Fire inspectors check properties for dangerous conditions and code compliance. Inspectors make sure that all of a building’s emergency escape routes are clear and accessible, that there’s enough smoke detectors in the building, and that sprinklers are installed in every room—and that they’re working properly. If you own a rental property or plan on renting out space to tenants, a fire inspector’s inspection might be more stressful than rewarding. That’s why it makes sense to prepare for an inspection ahead of time. Here’s what you need to know about preparing for a fire system inspector:
Make a checklist of everything
You can’t know what to look for without a checklist. A checklist will help you to remember crucial details about your building. It’s also a useful tool for your landlord or property manager, who may be helping you with the inspection. Write down everything you can think of that could be useful for the inspector. Make sure you write down things that are applicable to the inspection requirements for your particular property. Here are some examples: – A detailed floor plan of the property with all rooms labeled.
Know the basics of your building’s layout
No matter how well you prepare, the inspector will likely ask you questions about your building’s layout. The layout of the building is the foundation of all code requirements. Make sure you know the basics of the layout of your building. If you’re in a state that requires it, you should also have a copy of your state’s inspection requirements handy. Here’s a list of some basics you should know about your building’s layout: – Location: Where is your property located? Where do the major routes in and out of the building go?
Keep your emergency evacuation routes clear and accessible
This one is really important. Your emergency evacuation routes must be accessible and clear. That’s why the fire system inspection requirements include a detailed walk-through of your building. Unfortunately, felons often tamper with emergency evacuation routes, which can result in a dangerous delay in getting out of the building. During the walk-through, the inspector will look for emergency evacuation routes that are clear and accessible. If there is any reason to believe that an emergency route is blocked or inaccessible, the inspector will mark it as such.
Know where your smoke detectors are located
Smoke detectors are one of the most important components of a fire system. This is true even in states that don’t require them. Smoke detectors are designed to beep when there’s smoke in the air. Smoke can quickly spread from one area of a building to another, so detectors in every room are a must. The code requires smoke detectors on every level of your building, including the basement. The code also requires that detectors be interconnected, so that if a detector signals, the whole building is notified.
Review the inspection requirements for your type of property
Let’s say that you own a two-family house. The inspection requirements for a two-family house are different than they are for a single family home. Know the inspection requirements for your type of building, so that you don’t miss anything. Here are some key points that you should review: – What kind of inspection is required? What does that mean? – What are the inspection requirements for the building’s layout and condition? – What are the inspection requirements for the fire alarm and detection system? –
Ask the inspector about any concerns they have before they leave
Before the inspector leaves, ask the inspector if there are any concerns regarding the property’s condition or layout. Let the inspector know if there are any other items you want them to note. Even if you’re not aware of any issues, you can still let the inspector know that the property is ready for tenants. This can help to alleviate any concerns the inspector may have.
Ask if there is anything else you should do before you move in or resume occupancy
If your inspection has anything to do with your own safety, such as with blocked escape routes or unsafe conditions inside the building, you should make the necessary repairs before moving in. If you don’t know what repairs may be required, ask your landlord or property manager. If you live in an older building, you may also want to review the inspection requirements for your city or town. If you have questions about the inspection or about your specific property, contact your local fire department or the fire code department at the building code inspection agency in your state.
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