The fire and life safety inspection program was created in 2004 by ordinance of Chesapeake City Council. The program's goal is to have every public building in Chesapeake free of fire hazards and to ensure compliance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC).
Common Code Violations
The following is a list of the most commonly identified hazards uncovered during a fire and life safety inspection. Reviewing these areas in advance will increase your business's safety and assist you in preparing for an inspection.
Address not posted
Maintenance of fire lanes
Maintenance of exit signs and emergency lighting
Fire extinguishers not serviced annually
Fire sprinklers and alarms not serviced annually
Improper use of extension cords
Inadequate or missing emergency evacuation plan
6-Month hood inspection
3-Month hood cleaning
Combustible materials in equipment rooms
Surge protectors plugged into each other
Swinging fire doors not operational
Reliability of exits
Compressed gas containers and tanks not secured
Storage height from ceiling and roofs
Missing smoke barriers and smoke partitions (ceiling tiles)
Flammable and combustible liquids for equipment operation stored in buildings (gas, diesel, kerosene, oil, etc.)
Missing electrical cover plates, open spliced wires, and open junction boxes
Improper space heaters used
Please discuss any questions or concerns before, during, or after your fire and life safety inspection with your Inspector. Our goal is always to assist you in maintaining a safe environment for your employees and customers. Review the Pre-Inspection Checklist (PDF).