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The Importance of Fire Inspection

Updated on June 19, 2015

Why Do You Need a Fire Inspection

A home fire is a disaster no family wants to face. By practicing fire prevention ahead of time, a family can reduce their risk. When it comes to family dwellings and commercial buildings, sometimes it helps to bring in an expert to assess the fire safety of the building.

When it comes to commercial buildings, fire inspections may be required by the government and performed by employees of the Fire Department. If your building is in violation of the current fire codes, you may end up being subject to fines if you don’t arrange to comply with the codes. Fire safety codes include things like an appropriate installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, an appropriate number of exits for the size and population of the building, and appropriate storage of flammable materials. These codes vary depending on the country you live in, your building construction, and what you are going to use the building for. Care and treatment occupancies like nursing homes have more requirements than repair garages.



Fire Codes

Fire codes are in place for safety reasons, so even though they may seem overly picky, they are important. Even if you don’t have a commercial building that is inspected by the Fire Department, you may want to contact a home inspector to get information on how you can improve the fire safety in your home. They can inspect your electrical wiring and other systems to ensure they are safe.


Safety Tips

Fire safety is as simple as minimizing combustibles, and avoiding ignition sources. This means that keeping combustible clutter to a minimum and cleaning up brush and leaves around your home and off your roof. It is also important to make sure that the electrical appliances you want to use are acceptable for the wiring system that you have. If you overload your wiring, you will overheat your circuitry and create a fire risk. If you plan on renovating and changing your electrical systems, be sure to contact someone who is properly able to inspect these systems so you can ensure you are safe.

If you are planning to change the occupancy of your building, such as if you want to become a bed and breakfast, you will probably have to change your fire safety provisions and ensure your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms are plentiful enough and in operable condition. You may also have to install fire extinguishers if you don’t already have them. You may need to get approved by your local government to open such an establishment and this will probably require health and fire inspections. If you need more information, sometimes a licensed home inspector can help you with this.

There are many things you can do yourself to make your building safer from fire, but there will be times when you need an expert opinion. Every year you need to have your fire extinguishers, exit lighting and any heating systems you have inspected by a professional and repaired if necessary.

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