Definition - What does Fire Inspection mean?
Fire inspection is conducted by the fire departments to assess the potential fire safety hazards in a building. Its type and frequency varies from one to another, depending on the location of the building or installation, relevant laws, local and special regulations applicable for the type of building occupancy. The building under inspection should meet a set of standard codes related to fire safety:
- fire detection and alarm systems,
- types and operational state of fire extinguishers,
- fire hydrants and pumps,
- means of egress and emergency signage etc.
Safeopedia explains Fire Inspection
Fire Inspections are conducted yearly or unnoticed at any time. There are a few base codes which are the guiding principles for conducting the inspection for the safety of the occupants and users of the building and the installation. These inspections are very useful for the users, owners and occupants to comply with the law and construction standards, to update with the present safety requirements, to point out the faults and take appropriate remedial actions and for overall satisfaction.
Following aspects of a building or installation are generally covered in the inspection:
- Exists are safe and open without any obstruction and hazard
- Extinguisher and fire protection equipment are operational and in date
- Electrical safety factors are examined e.g. load, temperature, earthling etc.
- Appliance and mechanical devices operating status
- Storage, combustible materials and overall housekeeping
- Signage and miscellaneous or special requirements etc.
A certificate is normally issued to the owner or inhabitants about the clearance or no-objection if the building is found safe from fire and safety hazards.