How to Prepare for a Fire Department Inspection
The personnel within the company who are responsible for fire protection should be prepared for the fire department inspection by ensuring that fire safety systems, equipment, and documentation are in order. This includes fire extinguishers, emergency exits, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and any other relevant safety features. Physical paper copies that document proof of fire protection system service inspection, testing, and maintenance should be organized and ready for review. If fire and life safety inspection software such as InspectNTrack is used, compliance reports can be generated on-demand to satisfy the requests of the fire department inspector as they are made.
The fire inspector will most likely want to review documentation related to fire safety, such as the fire safety plan, evacuation procedures, and records of maintenance and inspections for fire safety equipment. Records should be available that document inspection, testing, and maintenance activities for fire protection systems, fire extinguishers, and other egress and safety equipment. In general, inspection and testing intervals are defined by NFPA standards put in place for each type of equipment. Familiarity of applicable NFPA chapters, or usage of fire and life safety inspection software with pre-defined inspection and maintenance schedules, will help to ensure compliance. Providing documentation that demonstrates compliance with NFPA ITM requirements is a great way to show that fire protection equipment is in good working order and ready to use in case of a fire.