Common Fire Code Violations

Who is responsible for ensuring fire & life safety systems are maintained? The building owner shall be responsible for ensuring that the fire and life safety systems are maintained in an operable condition at all times. Service personnel shall meet the certification requirements of this rule as applicable and the qualification requirements of NFPA 72 as listed in rule 1301: 7-7-45 of the Administrative Code for maintaining, inspecting and testing such systems. A written record shall be maintained and shall be made available to the fire code official.

Common Fire Code Violations Checklist

Obtain a report from the fire suppression company doing system and hood testing. Obtain a copy of the technicians license.

Maintain a 3’ clearance around the furnace & hot water tanks & electric panels. Mechanical rooms must be free from storage.

A u.l. Approved [3-a 40-b:c] portable fire extinguishers mounted (not more
than 75’ of travel). Extinguishers are also needed in all mechanical, electrical, elevator, boiler room and any other high risk areas.

All flammables must be stored in a “flammable cabinet”.

All ceilings, walls and floors must be continuous (no missing ceiling tile or holes).

3’ aisles and all paths of egress must be free from obstruction at all times.

Door stops and wedges are prohibited on all fire doors.

All outlets, junction boxes and electric panels must have covers.

All emergency lighting & exit signs must be in working order. Exit lights must be on at all times the building is occupied.

Exit & emergency lighting will operate for a minimum of 90 minutes during power failure.

Any compressed gas cylinders (empty or full) must be secured

Any frayed or damaged wiring must be repaired or removed immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns please call (614) 855-7370, voice-mail ext. 14. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.




Multi-Plug Adapters shall not be permitted in commercial buildings.

Power Strip



Power Strips are acceptable.