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Fire Safety Checklist for Businesses in Northern California

Fire extinguisher hanging on wallCalifornia business owners and managers are responsible for creating a fire preparedness plan that includes preventing fires from occurring and what to do if a fire breaks out. In Northern California, that means having a plan and knowing what to do in the case of wildfires and other fire hazards unique to the area.

As fire prevention is vital to a safe business, one of the key ways to ensure your facility is in compliance with all local, state, and federal fire safety requirements is to complete a self-inspection checklist.

This process is helpful for keeping your building and the people in it safe, but you should not substitute it for an inspection by a qualified fire protection service company.

Fire Sprinklers

An indispensable first line of defense against fires, a well-maintained fire sprinkler system minimizes fire damage and is an essential life-saving measure for your business.

  • Are sprinkler heads free from obstruction?
  • Is there a minimum of 18 inches of clearance between the tops of stored items and sprinkler head deflector plates?

Fire Alarms

Fire alarms protect you, your property, employees, and customers from substantial losses due to fire, alerting them to exit the building quickly and safely.

  • Are all alarm signals working correctly?
  • Are alarms free of physical damage?
  • Are manual pull stations accessible, working properly, and undamaged?

Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers are essential for any business, delivering maximum safety while complying with local, state, and federal fire codes and regulations.

  • Are all extinguishers accessible and undamaged?
  • Do they have a date stamp that’s less than a year old?
  • Are extinguishers mounted properly?
  • Are there an adequate number of extinguishers based on the type and size of the building?

Fire Suppression

Fire suppression systems include everything from basic kitchen hoods to complex discharge-based sprinkler heads.

  • Is the fire suppression system regularly maintained?
  • When was a manufacturer’s suggested inspection last performed?
  • Are all nozzles, hoses, pressure gauges, and supply systems operating correctly?
  • Are remote pull stations functioning properly?

Is Your Northern California Business Prepared for a Fire?

Fire prevention and life safety measures provide a safe and orderly way for a building’s occupants to evacuate the premises when a fire occurs. One of the best ways to ensure your fire safety equipment checks off every item on this list is to schedule regular fire protection system maintenance.

With more than 25 years of experience in commercial fire protection safety services, Foothill Fire Protection is dedicated to protecting lives and property from the devastating effects of a fire. Our broad range of commercial fire protection services and equipment, including fire pumps and underground fire protection, are designed to keep your employees, premises, and other valuable assets protected 24/7 from the dangers of a fire.

To learn more about all the services we offer or to schedule maintenance for your fire protection system, contact us online today or call us at (916) 663-3582.


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