Wadesboro Fire Department ... Violations
The following items are the typical violations located by fire inspectors during routine fire inspections of buildings. In bold is a summary of the code violation and below that are the actions on how to correct the violation. At right, you will find examples of common violations.
Maintain Access & Clearance to Fire-Safety Equipment
• Maintain 30 inches of clearance around all electrical panels, furnace units and water heaters.
• Maintain 36 inches of clearance around sprinkler risers.
Change of Occupancy / New Business
• A fire inspection must be performed when there is a change of occupancy.
• Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office to schedule a fire inspection prior to opening a new business.
Exit & Emergency Lighting
• Emergency lighting must come on if the power goes out, and be able to last 90 minutes.
• Exit lights must be illuminated and visible from all directions.
• Perform annual testing of all Emergency and Exit lighting, and maintain paper work for inspectors to review.
• Test lights monthly to ensure they are in working order. Replace batteries and bulbs as needed.
Electrical Items, Extension Cords-Use Surge Protectors as a Replacement
• Extension cords may not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
• Extension cords should not be secured to a floor or placed under rugs.
• General Electrical - No Electrical wiring in a junction box can be exposed
• Surge Protectors cannot be chained together.
• Fire extinguishers must be placed in locations where they are visible and available for immediate use.
• Fire extinguishers must be serviced annually.
• Fire extinguishers weighing less than 40 pounds must be mounted no higher than 60 inches (5 feet) above the floor.
• Fire extinguishers weighing more than 40 pounds must be mounted no higher than 42 inches (3 ½ feet) above the floor.
• Maintain 36 inches of clearance around all fire extinguishers.
• Check the yellow pages or Internet for listings of companies certified to perform fire extinguisher services.
Fire Safety Equipment
• Fire alarm systems must be tested annually.
• Fire sprinkler systems must be tested annually.
• Fire suppression hoods must be tested every 6 months.
General fire hazards
• It is not permissible to have unapproved portable electric space heaters.
• Maintain 24 inches clearance from all ceilings, (18 inches if sprinklered).
• Multi-plug adapters are not allowed.
• Overloaded electrical sockets.
• Use only UL listed surge protectors.
Locked & Blocked Exits
• Exits must remain unlocked and unblocked at all times.
• Addresses must be posted in numbers at least four inches tall and placed in a location that is visible from the street facing the front of the building.