The Arkansas Fire Protection Code outlines specific regulations for all types of businesses. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure the buildings maintain compliance under those codes. Your insurance carrier should require you to have fire extinguishers on site in compliance with local building codes. The number and type of fire extinguishers required for your building depend on the materials within the building and the overall square footage.
The local Fire Marshall can close the business if the yearly and semi-annual inspections of the equipment are not kept up to date. Fines and citations may also occur.
Portable fire extinguishers are to be inspected by a certified professional every year. Business or office managers should perform a monthly inspection of portable the fire extinguishers to ensure they are easily accessible and the hose is not blocked by debris.
Kitchen hood suppression systems are to be inspected by a certified professional twice a year. The cost of these inspections is minimal considering the cost associated with the loss of a life, fire damage, or complete business closure.
Why should a home or business maintain inspections on fire equipment?
•Lives are at stake! Your fire protection systems will only operate properly if it is maintained and some impairments will not be obvious without testing. This includes smoke detectors, kitchen suppression systems, and portable extinguishers.
•To meet the requirements of your local building department, fire inspectors, and even your insurance carrier
•Your insurance carrier may reject your claim if you do not have proof of complete annual inspections of the equipment
•To limit your liability for any potential injuries suffered by tenants, employees, or guests to your business
•To assure that the system does not create nuisance alarms that waste Fire Department resources.
•It is required by the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code—It’s the law.