Annual fire inspections are essential to keeping your business and our community safe. The Park City Fire District uses 42 standards to check the safety of businesses. These standards ensure all local businesses are in compliance with fire safety regulations. Click below to view frequently asked questions and rationales for determining if a business passes or fails an inspection.

Fire Inspection FAQ

What will the fire inspector be looking for when they do my inspection?

Businesses and buildings are required to be in compliance with the fire code as adopted by the Utah State Government and Summit County Government. Currently we use the 2012 version of the International Fire Code. The inspector will be ensuring that all fire and safety codes are being met.

Will the fire inspector explain each of those items in detail?

Yes.

  1. Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems (AFSS)
    The purpose of an automatic fire sprinkler system in business occupancies is to prevent the spread of fire once it starts. To ensure that the AFSS is functioning properly it must be serviced at least once a year by a certified technician. The technician will check for problems and replace any worn or corroded parts. When the service is in working order the technician will hang a tag on the AFSS riser with the service date marked. This tag must be left on the riser and visible for the inspector to examine.
  2. Fire Extinguishers
    The purpose of a fire extinguisher is to help in extinguishing a fire when it first starts. In most cases fire extinguishers should be rated to extinguish type A, B and C fires. The required size of the fire extinguisher is based on the occupancy of the building. Most businesses are classified as a light or low hazard and need one extinguisher for every 3000 square feet. The minimum size of extinguisher is 2-A; 10B,C. Travel distance from any location in the building to a fire extinguisher may not be more than 75 feet. Additionally, fire extinguishes must be mounted in a conspicuous area and may not be stored on the floor. Like automatic fire sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers must be serviced at least once a year
  3. Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs
    All buildings must have illuminated means of egress. These lights can be of the “bug eye” type that are separate from overhead lighting or it may be built into overhead lighting. In either case the lights must function properly when power is disrupted to the building. Emergency lighting can be tested by either pressing a “test” button on the lighting unit or by stopping power to the system.
    Exit signs are required to identify the path of egress. Exit signs must be internally or externally lit. When the power to the sign is disrupted the sign must continue to be lit. Most exit signs can be tested by pressing a “test”
    button on the exit sign housing.
  4. Storage/Housekeeping
    Storage must be in a neat and orderly manner. Where automatic sprinklers are in place at least 18 inches of space must be between the base of the sprinkler and the top of the storage. Where no automatic sprinklers are in place at least 24 inches of space must be between the base of the sprinkler and the top of the storage.
  5. Paths of Egress
    Paths of egress are the walkways that people take to leave the building. This means everything from paths between cubicles to hallways and stairways. These paths must be kept free of debris and storage. Doors may not be blocked. Any door exiting the building must be clear of all debris including snow and landscaping.

I only lease a small office in a building. Why do you inspect the entire building?

Although you only lease a small office, that office is still part of the building. As such, the entire building must be in compliance with the fire and safety codes.

How long do I have to correct/fix any violations?

Most violations should take no more than one or two weeks to correct. Any significant life safety threats must be corrected while the inspector is on site. These included blocked access doors and blocked egress routes.

Who should I call to service my automatic fire sprinkler systems or my fire extinguishers?

Park City Fire Service District does not recommend any one company above another. The Utah State Fire Marshal maintains a list of licensed companies. It can be found at: http://firemarshal.utah.gov/licensees/
Some fire extinguishers are not meant to be serviced and need to be replaced. Also, depending on the number of fire extinguishers that need to be serviced, it is sometimes cheaper to purchase a new fire extinguisher rather than have one serviced.

Do I need to be on site for the fire inspection?

Yes. A representative of the business must be on site for the inspection. Additionally that representative will need to have keys to access utility rooms and storage rooms.

Is there anything else?

Below is a sample of our inspection sheet and a brief explanation of the violations. Please look at the checklist prior to your inspection and make any corrections that are necessary so that your inspection will pass. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Fire Prevention Bureau at (435) 940-2532

Fire Inspection Sample Checklist

Access

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
1Maintain fire lane free of obstructions.Fire lanes shall be free of all obstructions for a clear width of 20 feet around the building (IFC 503)
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2Provide address numbering which!is visible from the street.Building addresses must be visible from the street with a contrasting background (IFC 505)
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3Provide/update key box for fire dist. access.Where key boxes are provided they must contain updated keys and codes (IFC 506)
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Exiting

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
4Remove obstructions at exits, doors, aisles, corridors, stairways, etc.Pathways for exits must be cleared of all obstructions (IFC 1030.2)
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5Exit door to open without a key or any special knowledge or effortAll exit doors must be able to be used without any special knowledge or tools (IFC 1008)
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6Provide sign over main exit door(s)Appropriate signs must be posted adjacent to doors with deadbolt hardware (IFC 1008)
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7Repair nonIoperable exit door hardwareExit hardware on doors must be in working order (IFC 1030)
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8Remove obstructions from doors required to be closedDoors that are part of a fire barrier may not be held open except when the mechanism is part of an automatic fire detection system (IFC 703)
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9Remove locks & latches from doors with panic hardwareDoors with panic hardware may not be locked with locks or latches (IFC 1008)
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10Remove storage from attic, under floor and concealed spacesAttics, crawl spaces, underneath stairs and concealed spaces may not be used for storage unless they are
built with fire-resistive construction or have automatic sprinklers installed (IFC 315)

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11Provide/maintain exit sign/emergency lightingExit signs must remain illuminated and visible at all times. Emergency illumination devices must be in working order (IFC 1011)
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Fire Extinguishers

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
12Have fire extinguisher serviced and taggedFire extinguishers must be serviced annually (IFC 906)
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13Provide/mount fire extinguisher as indicatedFire extinguishes must be mounted and visible (IFC 906)
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14Provide clear access to fire extinguisherFire extinguishers may not be blocked from view or access (IFC 906)
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15Post a sign indicating fire extinguisher locationThe location of fire extinguishers must be identified by obvious signage (IFC 906)
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16Maintain 3 foot clearance for access/use of fire appliances/equipmentAll fire equipment must have a clear space of no less than 3 feet for access (IFC 507)
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Fire Protection Systems

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
17Secure all system control valves in the open positionAll valves must be locked or constantly monitored to ensure that the valve is in the open position (IFC 903)
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18Replace damaged, corroded or painted sprinkler heads/Fire Department Connection (FDC) capsAutomatic sprinkler heads and FDC caps must be in good repair and may only be painted by the
manufacturer (IFC I101)

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19Provide annual certification for sprinkler/standpipe systemSprinkler and standpipe systems must be inspected at least once a year (IFC 901)
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20Provide sprinkler coverage in unprotected areasSprinkler systems must provide coverage to all areas unless special exceptions are allowed (IFC 901)
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21Provide spare sprinkler heads and/or compatible wrenchSpare sprinkler heads and a sprinkler wrench must be provided at all times (NFPA 13 6.2.9)
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22Hood and duct extinguishing system to be serviced and taggedHood and duct systems must be serviced at least once every six months (IFC 901.6)
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23Remove grease from hood, duct and filters (keep clean)Hoods, ducts and filters must be keep clean and free of grease (IFC 901.6)
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Fire Alarm Systems

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
24Maintain, repair, inspect and/or test fire alarm systemFire alarm systems must be inspected at least once a year and must be in working order (IFC 901, IFC 907)
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Fire Separations

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
25Repair holes in required fire resistive constructionFire resistive construction must not have gaps where fire or smoke may cross the fire barrier (IFC 703)
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26Provide/repair self or automatic closing fire rated assembliesFire rated assemblies must be fully functional at all times (IFC 703)
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Electrical

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
27Discontinue use of extension cordsExtension cords may only be used for temporary purposes and should be unplugged at the outlet when not
in use (IFC 605.5). Grounded or polarized power taps are acceptable (IFC 605.4.1)

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28Install permanent wiring for fixed or stationary appliancesStationary and fixed appliances must be connected to permanent wiring (IFC 605.5)
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29Provide cover plates for all junction boxesAll electrical junctions must be covered with an approved cover plate. (IFC 605.6)
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30Remove exposed wiring or protect in approved conduitExposed wiring is not allowed. All wiring must be in an approved conduit (IFC 605.6)
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31Provide a clear workspace at all electrical panels (30” in width, 36” in depth and 78” in height).Electrical panels must be clear by a path no less than 30 inches wide and 78 inches tall (IFC 605.3)
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32Labeling of electrical rooms and breakersWiring may not be crushed, pinched, kinked, have frayed insulation or any other damage (IFC 605.1)
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Flammable Liquids - Compresses Gases

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
33Provide flammable liquid storage cabinet or reduce storageFlammable liquids must be stored in approved cabinets (IFC 5704)
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34Remove all fueled vehicles or equipment from buildingsUnless otherwise approved for storage of fueled vehicles, fueled vehicles or equipment may not be stored in buildings (IFC 313.1)
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35Secure compressed gas cylinders/identify gas in containerCompressed air cylinders must be secured in the position of operation/Identify gas in container (IFC 5303)
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Storage - Housekeeping

No.ViolationExplanationRationale
36Arrange storage in an orderly manner to provide access/egressStorage must be in neat piles and may not obstruct access or egress of an area (IFC 315.3)
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37Remove combustible storage from boiler, mechanical or electrical roomsBoiler, mechanical or electrical rooms may not be used for combustible storage (IFC 315.3)
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38Reduce storage to 24” below ceiling or 18” from sprinkler headsStorage may be no closer than 24 inches from a non-sprinklered ceiling and 18 inches from a sprinklered ceiling (IFC 315.3.1)
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39Provide approved metal container for oily rag storageRags contaminated with hydrocarbon products must be stored in an approved metal container (IFC 304.3)
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40Remove waste & rubbish material from the premises dailyRubbish and waste must not be allowed to accumulate unless it is in an approved container in an approved area (such as a dumpster) (IFC 304.1)
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41Keep dumpster 5’ away from buildingsDumpsters may not be located within 5 feet of a building (IFC 304.3.3)
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42Maintain appropriate clearance from ignition sourcesIgnition sources may not be located under stairs or interfere with means of egress. Restrictions are also in place for outside combustible storage (IFC 315)
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