Inspections Check for Fire Exit Signs & More
Across the country, fire prevention campaigns that had focused on getting citizens ready for the winter season are strengthening their efforts with more inspections. Fire inspections are being performed nationwide to increase building safety awareness among home and business owners.
These routine inspections are carried out by local fire departments and inspectors to verify fire code compliance. Compliance includes the proper use of fire signs: fire exit signs, fire extinguisher tags, and other emergency signs.
Fire exit signs and other emergency signs are only a small part of fire safety. During the holidays, fire prevention focused on the proper use of indoor lights, extension cords, and other heating and electrical items that if not maintained, could help to start a fire.
Christmas trees are always a "hot" topic in fire safety - natural trees dry out very quickly, and sometimes ignite due to heat or bad wiring in decorations. Business get busy from a holiday rush but an important concern should be clearing paths to exits, posting fire exit signs, and emergency lighting.
Fire safety violations can typically be brought up to code at the same time that they are noticed. Sometimes it is as easy as posting a fire exit sign. One common problem is a path leading to fire exit signs that is obstructed by boxes or other objects. Business owners should know that this type of obstruction is always a violation, even if the objects were placed there temporarily.
If a violation is cited, and cannot be fixed immediately (like the example of the fire exit signs), then inspectors return, usually in thirty days time, to make sure the building is meeting code standards. Only then are businesses penalized for violations.
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is a great resource for more information about fire safety. They have training and educational material about fire exit signs, codes, and much more.