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The Watauga Fire Code requires that every business receive a fire inspection at least annually. These inspections greatly reduce the occurence of injury and fire in your business.
Portable fire extinguishers that need to be annually inspected by a state-licensed company
Non-operational emergency lighting and exit signs. In most cases a battery or light bulb needs to be replaced. These can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
Extension cords are used instead of UL-listed surge protectors.
Boxes and other combustibles are stored up to the ceiling or in front of exit doors.
Exit door is locked or obstructed during business hours.
Address and suite number are not displayed on the entry and rear door.
Combustible materials, boxes, and other similar items are stored in the mechanical/ electrical room or in front of the electrical panel.
Read through these FAQ's for preventative measures you can take to keep your business fire safe.
This page is designed to educate you and save you time. The Watauga Fire Department can answer any questions you might have, or if you would like a trained and skilled Inspector to come to your business, just ask! You can call (817) 514-5880 for assistance.
Remove trash to a covered dumpster away from the building every day.
Keep hallways, corridors, and aisles clear of storage and clutter.
Keep exit doors clear and free of clutter.
Ensure that exit signs are illuminated.
Remember to turn off small appliances.
Do not use electrical extension cords for permanent operations. For heavy duty equipment contact an electrician. A store bought circuit breaker strip plug can be used for minor electrical equipment.
Keep all storage 24 inches from ceiling, 18 inches from sprinkler heads.
Prohibit smoking in your building.
Store combustibles more than 36 inches away from the electrical box.
Store combustibles more than 36 inches from heat producing appliances.
Keep outside brush, weeds, and other combustibles away from the building.
Dispense flammable and combustible liquids in a properly ventilated area using safety cans or original containers.
Assign someone to check these things daily and create a maintenance log.
Post your building"s evacuation plan.
Know at least two ways out of your work area.
Conduct regular fire drills.
Know where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.
In case of fire, always use the stairs to exit, never use an elevator.
Keep exits clear.
Keep hallways, stairs and exits clear of trash, cleaning supplies, and other storage.
Report locked or blocked fire exits to building owner and the Fire Department.
Watauga Fire Department offers classes on Fire Safety in the Workplace and Fire Extinguisher training. Please call (817)514-5880 or go to the department website.