Fire Inspection Checklist: Residential
Updated: Feb 23
Did you know that a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere within the country every 24 seconds?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments have responded to about 353,100 annual residential house fires within the last five years. These cases result in an annual average of 2,620 deaths and $7.2 billion in property damage each year.
These sobering figures underscore the need for regular and thorough fire prevention and safety measures. As the old folks say, prevention is better than cure, especially when dealing with fire incidents.
Your local fire marshal may come to your house to conduct a fire safety inspection and check if you’re following the fire safety requirements required in your property.
In this article, you’ll learn more about fire inspections in residential properties. We’ll also provide you with a detailed residential fire inspection checklist to help you comply with your state’s regulations!
Things To Know Before A Fire Safety Inspection
There are some things you need to know and prepare for before a fire marshal visits your home for a scheduled fire safety inspection.
In Arizona, fire marshals are responsible for inspecting buildings owned by the state, business owners, and residents. They serve to reduce fire hazards by enforcing the state’s fire code.
During fire inspections, they can check these areas when visiting your home:
Any areas or things that may cause a fire
The safety equipment in your home including fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems.
The egress in your home, such as fire exit signs and doors.
Fire Inspection Checklist: Residential Properties
Here’s a detailed checklist recommended by the U.S. Fire Administration for fire safety.
Fire Alarm System
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home
Place smoke detectors inside and outside of bedrooms or sleeping areas
Test your fire alarm panels every month
Replace your fire detectors or their batteries regularly
Carbon monoxide detectors should be present on each level of the home
Replace carbon monoxide alarms regularly
Store any flammable or combustible materials safely in fireproof cabinets when not in use.
Avoid leaving the kitchen whenever you’re cooking food
Place pot handles toward the back of a stove
Keep your children’s play area away from your cooking area
Have at least two doors in every room
Keep your emergency exit doors unlocked at all times when you’re at home
Every family member must discuss and remember the meeting place outside the home in case a fire occurs
Practice egress plans at least twice a year
Place your fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems in areas that are easily accessible
Emergency exits should be well lit and clearly marked
Keep candles and matches away from children and pets. Store them safely when not in use.
Blow out all candles when leaving the room
Extension Cords and Outlets
Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition without any cuts.
Avoid overloading electrical outlets and cords.
Electrical and Appliance Safety
Conduct regular electrical safety inspections
Clean the lint filter on your clothes dryer every time you use it. Make sure to let it finish the ‘cool-down’ cycle to prevent overheating.
Clean, repair, and replace appliances whenever possible and necessary
Schedule A Fire Safety Inspection In Your Home Now
Preparation and prevention are the keys to a fire-safe home. Always make sure that you follow your state’s fire safety regulations, practice them in your home, and conduct inspections regularly.
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