Current Commercial Building Fire Code - Is Yours Up to Date?
60 to 80 percent of businesses that experience a structural fire never recover from fire damage that the commercial building is left with. So it’s imperative that you keep up to date with the latest community fire code, not only to protect from such disasters, but to avoid being fined as well.
The City of Phoenix updates the fire code annually and is currently reviewing the 2018 International Fire code for 2019. Unfortunately, many commercial property owners do not update their fire disaster prevention methods when these updates are made.
Some of the more common code violations following the latest updates are:
- Failure to install sprinklers in buildings that now require them.
- Fire exits are not maintained up to code standards
- Failure to install fire alarms where they are now required
- Appropriate signage is not updated
- Fire prevention equipment has not been updated to support structural changes to the building (fire department hook-ups, sprinklers, alarms, and extinguishers).
These relatively simple things should be taken more seriously when it comes to protecting your investment from a tragic fire. Did you know that you can call your local fire department and request to have a voluntary inspection? A firefighter will come out and designate fire hazards in your building prior to the official inspector who could violate these hazards leaving you with costly fees.
So, if your commercial property experiences a fire despite code compliance, SERVPRO of East Phoenix immediately responds 24/7/365 with mitigation, restoration and reconstruction services "Like it never even happened."