OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Fire Protection

Fire Protection

  • Is your local fire department well acquainted with your facilities, its location and specific hazards?
  • If you have a fire alarm system, is it certified as required?
  • If you have a fire alarm system, is it tested at least annually?
  • If you have interior stand pipes and valves, are they inspected regularly?
  • If you have outside private fire hydrants, are they flushed at least once a year and on a routine preventive maintenance schedule?
  • Are fire doors and shutters in good operating condition?
  • Are fire doors and shutters unobstructed and protected against obstructions, including their counterweights?
  • Are fire door and shutter fusible links in place?
  • Are automatic sprinkler system water control valves, air and water pressure checked weekly/ periodically as required?
  • Is the maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems assigned to responsible persons or to a sprinkler contractor?
  • Are sprinkler heads protected by metal guards, when exposed to physical damage?
  • Is proper clearance maintained below sprinkler heads?
  • Are portable fire extinguishers provided in adequate number and type?
  • Are fire extinguishers mounted in readily accessible locations?
  • Are fire extinguishers recharged regularly and noted on the inspection tag?
  • Are employees periodically instructed in the use of extinguishers and fire protection procedures?