Common Fire Code Violations

The following is a list of the most common fire code violations. This list is intended as a guide to assist business owners in identifying common fire and life safety hazards. it does not list all possible code requirements.

Exit / Egress

  • Exits are blocked, not operational or not properly placed
  • Exit signs are not lit or are damaged
  • Exit doors have unapproved locks on them
  • Emergency lighting non-operational
  • There are no address numbers on the exterior of the building

Sprinkler / Fire Alarms

  • Fire Department access is blocked
  • Fire alarm and sprinkler systems are not tested annually
  • The Fire Department connection is not accessible
  • Sprinkler system not supplying proper coverage
  • Fire alarm system not properly monitored

Fire Extinguishers

  • Fire extinguishers are not properly placed and/or serviced annually

Electrical Hazards

  • Extension cords are used as permanent power
  • Electrical receptacles and switches are damaged or missing cover plates
  • Storage is placed in front of electrical panels

Miscellaneous Hazards

  • No Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available for hazardous materials on-site
  • Fire wall separations are damaged or are not in place
  • Hold open devices are placed on required fire doors