Fire & Life Safety Inspections

Grease on CeilingThe fire and life safety inspection program was created in 2004 by ordinance of Chesapeake City Council. The goal of the program is to have every public building in Chesapeake be free of fire hazards and to ensure compliance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC).

Inspection Tips

Common Code Violations

The following is a list of the most commonly identified hazards uncovered during a fire and life safety inspection. Reviewing these areas in advance will both increase your business's safety and assist you in preparing for an inspection.

  • Unsafe StorageAddress not posted
  • Maintenance of fire lanes
  • Blocked/locked exits
  • Maintenance of exit signs and emergency lighting
  • Fire extinguishers not serviced annually
  • Fire sprinklers and alarms not serviced annually
  • Improper use of extension cords
  • Inadequate or missing emergency evacuation plan
  • Hazardous Materials StorageHousekeeping
  • 6-Month hood inspection
  • 3-Month hood cleaning
  • Combustible materials in equipment rooms
  • Surge protectors plugged into each other
  • Swinging fire doors not operational
  • Reliability of exits
  • Compressed gas containers and tanks not secured
  • Storage height from ceiling and roofs
  • Missing smoke barriers and smoke partitions (ceiling tiles)
  • Flammable and combustible liquids for equipment operation stored in buildings (gas, diesel, kerosene, oil etc.)
  • Missing electrical cover plates, open spliced wires and open junction boxes
  • Improper space heaters used

Should you have any questions or concerns before, during, or after your fire and life safety inspection, please discuss these with your Inspector. Our goal is always to assist you in maintaining a safe environment for your employees and customers. Review the Pre-Inspection Checklist (PDF).