5 Common Fire Code Violations You Can Avoid

5 Common Fire Code Violations You Can Avoid https://learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/work/5-common-fire-code-violations-you-can-avoid/ bb3 Jan 30, 2014

By Staff Writer State Farm™ Employee

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Making fire prevention a high priority for your business makes practical sense. Fire code violations can cost you time, money and, most importantly, your safety. Thatís why itís good to know the most common fire code violations so that you can avoid them.

The 5 Most Common Fire Code Violations


  • Exit corridors and aisles do not meet the minimum width requirements, are obstructed by any material or matter, or do not meet the minimum required number of exits.
  • Exit doors cannot be opened from inside without a key, special knowledge, or effort.
  • Exit signs in place that do not clearly indicate the exit path, because there is an insufficient number of signs or the signs don't meet visibility requirements.

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Protection Systems

  • The business has an insufficient number or incorrect placement of fire extinguishers.
  • Fire extinguishers have not been serviced annually ó or sooner if discharged or tampered with ó by a State Fire Marshal-licensed company.
  • Fire extinguishers are not mounted at the required height above the floor.
  • The water supply for an automatic sprinkler system is inadequate.


  • Extension cords are used in a permanent installation.
  • Electrical cords of any kind extend through walls, ceilings or floors, or under doors or floor covering.

Treatment of Combustibles

  • Combustibles are stored in a furnace or electrical room or below the stairs.
  • Storage areas are not maintained in a neat and orderly manner.
  • Combustibles are within five feet of dumpsters or near dumpsters with open covers.

Flammable Liquids and Hazardous Materials

  • Flammable liquids or hazardous materials are stored in improper locations and/or in improper containers.
  • Illegal materials are stored on the property.

By avoiding these fire code violations, youíre one step closer to ensuring your business is prepared for safe operation. For specific requirements, youíll need to contact your local municipalities for their fire safety regulations and codes, as they may differ from others.

More information regarding fire prevention is available from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Also, you can learn more about safety in the workplace through training at OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association).

Additional Reading

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.

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