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Inspections


The Fire and Life Safety Division has the responsibility of helping to provide a safe environment for our citizens, business owners and their patrons through education and enforcement of the Florida Fire Prevention Code.  The Division is led by an Assistant Chief and is tasked with inspecting new and existing buildings throughout the city, review plans for code compliance to the Florida Fire Prevention Code and the NFPA codes, and investigate fires that occur within the boundaries of Boca Raton.  Our staff consists of a Permit Specialist, two Senior Fire Inspectors, two Plan Reviewers, and four Inspectors. 

 

Inspections


Our Fire Safety Inspectors provide quality fire inspection services while educating customers about fire safety and fire prevention equipment and maintenance.  Fire Inspections can be classified into three categories; installation and new construction, ongoing compliance and re-inspection.  Certified State of Florida Fire Safety Inspectors conduct periodic Fire and Life Safety Inspections of existing buildings used for commercial and multi-family residential purposes as well as construction inspections.  Inspection types consist of sprinkler, fire alarms, natural and LP gas installations, generators, fire pumps, elevators, fire hood suppression, and specialty inspections.  Inspectors complete and maintain permanent inspection records and reports.  They issue citations when hazards or violations have not been corrected and issue written notifications for City Code Enforcement hearings. Inspectors work closely with other city, county, and state departments to ensure code compliance and provide technical assistance pertaining to the application, enforcement, and interpretation of codes and standards.

 

Some Life Safety points to help keep your business safe and pass a fire inspection.

 

  • Fire extinguishers must be fully charged, function properly and be mounted at the proper height and location.  Certified and tagged by a licensed extinguisher company annually.
  • If a fire alarm system or sprinkler system is installed it must be inspected and tested by a licensed contractor as required by code.
  • You have exit signs clearly posted and function if equipped with lights.
  • Your emergency lights function if building is equipped with them.
  • All required exits are clear and free from storage or obstructions.
  • Extension cords may not be used as permanent wiring.
  • Are appliances and equipment properly maintained?
  • The heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems function properly.
  • Have any holes in tenant separation walls repaired by a licensed contractor.
  • Your address is posted on the front of the building with minimum 4” high numbers.
  • If your building has a fire alarm, it is required to have a knoxbox (secure box for keeping keys) with the correct key or keys for fire department access.
  • Any building with a fire alarm system is required to have an annually renewed Fire Alarm User Permit, issued by the City.
ashleyjoseph@ci.boca-raton.fl.us

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