icon fb icon tw icon insta icon wp
BUILDING INSPECTIONS
One of the duties of the fire department's prevention division is to conduct inspections of businesses as needed.  These inspections are conducted during construction and periodically thereafter.  You can prepare your business for inspection by downloading an inspection form that lists the most common fire code violations.  Our inspectors will arrive at your site in uniform, with proper fire department ID on them at all times.
 
We also encourage a home safety inspection.  Listed below is a checklist that one can go through to find common hazards in their home.
 
Kitchen Safety
-Is your stove top clean - no grease, spills or clutter?
-Does a grown-up always stay in the kitchen when food is cooking on the stove?
-Are pot handles turned toward the back of the stove?
 
Heating Equipment
-Are space heaters at least three feet (about one meter) away from walls and anything else that can burn?
-Does your fireplace have a sturdy screen to catch sparks?
-Has your heating system been professionally inspected in the past 12 months?
-Has your chimney been inspected or cleaned in the past 12 months?
 
Smoking materials 
-Do you have large, deep, non-tip ashtrays for smokers?
-Are matches and lighters locked up high, out of children's sight and reach?
-Do smokers wet all butts and ashes before throwing them away?
 
House Wiring 
-Do your fuses or circuit-breakers match the circuits they protect? (Have them professionally inspected.)  A new device required in many areas is an AFCI (ar-fault circuit-interrupter), which detects abnormal arcing in a circuit.
-Are bathroom and kitchen outlets protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI's)?
 
Candles
-Are candles blown out when grown-ups leave the room or go to sleep?
-Do you have sturdy non-tip and non-combustible candle holders?
-Are lit candles kept a safe distance from anything that can burn?
 
Hazardous materials 
-Are paints, gasoline and other flammable liquids stored away from flames and sparks? Are they outside the home in a shed or detached garage?
 
Home protection checklist
-Do you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home - and near or inside all sleeping areas?  New construction requires a smoke alarm in each bedroom.  It is recommended that alarms be wired together such if one sounds, they all sound.
-Do your smoke alarms work? (Test them monthly.)
-Are any smoke alarms in your home more then 10 years old? (If so, replace them.)
-Does your family have a home fire escape plan?  And do you practice it every six months?
-Automatic home fire sprinkler systems can control or extinguish fires in less time than it takes the fire department to arrive.  Have you considered installing them in your home?
-Are your portable fire extinguishers in good condition and fully charged?