Common 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.

  • Exits are blocked, not operational or not properly placed,
  • Exit signs are not lit or are damaged.
  • Exit doors have unapproved locks on them.
  • There are no exit signs.
  • There is no emergency lighting to illuminate the exit system.
  • 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.
  • Sprinklered buildings require a fire department lock box.
  • 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 are being used with unapproved power taps.
  • Non-listed space heaters are used under desks.
  • Electrical panels are missing spacers or have openings.
  • Electrical receptacles and switches are damaged or missing cover plates.
  • Storage is placed on front of electrical panels.
Flammable/combustible Liquids:
  • Flammable/combustible liquids are improperly stored or the quantity is too great.
  • Improper dispensing of flammable/combustible liquids.
  • LP is stored within the building.
  • Storage is placed on front of electrical panels.
Misc. Hazards:
  • No MSDS sheets 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.
  • Storage is too close to ignition sources.