If you are wondering, “What is a life safety inspection?” you have come to the right place. Life safety inspections involve a variety of buildings and structures. Nowadays, just about every building available to the public must follow a life safety code, and is subject to inspections that check to make sure the life safety code is being followed. These safety inspections are conducted to be sure buildings are safe, with a set of standards to determine “safe” that vary through each state and area. So, it is imperative for you, if you have a building, to have some kind of understanding of the codes and standards that will be enforced in your jurisdiction or region of code enforcement.
What Do Life Safety Inspections Cover?
As mentioned before, with each state, each building is subject to varied life safety code requirements. Yet, each region seeks to obtain the same goal, using safety inspections to ensure life and fire safety for buildings. Overall, there is a similar set of things that will be checked.
The fire protection will be inspected. This includes things such as fire alarms systems, fire sprinklers, and special extinguishing systems. The exact positioning of these safety systems will be inspected, as well. Safety requirements such as ways to enter and exit a building, emergency lights, and sometimes fire extinguishers will be checked. Means of egress will be inspected, which is the ways to exit a building. These must be under certain conditions. Appliances will be checked, especially heat-producing ones. Combustible materials and their storage are under specific regulation, as well. Certain aspects regarding how emergency responders access and find the building are checked. Of course, electrical components will be involved in the inspection.
What It Means for Your Business
If you posses a building that undergoes a fire, legal matters are at extreme play. Firstly, your insurance will be asking for your inspection form. And if you haven’t been maintaining the right standards for your building, well that ensures your insurance claim denial. Then, all that mess and loss to an accidental fire is yours only to clean-up. Furthermore, if somebody dies in this fire that happened in your building, and the family finds out you were not up-to-par with your safety inspections, you can know for sure a lawsuit is in your future. UNLESS you follow the right fire and life safety standards for your state or jurisdiction, implementing fire protection, fire alarm systems, and fire safety altogether that meet the code requirements. Of course, this means following-up with your annual inspection.
Life Safety Project is NFPA certified and various other certification means in knowing what these inspections expect, and being able to use these code expectations in real-world situations. Being able to apply our knowledge of the life safety code for your business is what we do. We know the code through and through, let us be the one you call for correct engineering of all the safety systems you need.