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Passing a Commercial Fire Marshal Inspection in Virginia

May 23, 2016
bigstock-Fire-Extinguishers-66980710-1.jpgIf you’re building or renovating commercial property in Virginia, passing a fire safety inspection from your local or state fire marshal is a requirement. Navigating the complex waters of Virginia fire safety regulations and fire codes isn’t straightforward or easy. Failing to pass an inspection leads to delays and added costs. Contrary to what many commercial contractors have experienced in the past, it is actually possible to pass a fire inspection on the first attempt.

How Fire Systems Fail Inspections

Depending on the size of the building, there can be a great number of parts and pieces involved in a commercial fire system. Various wires, connections, and hardware has to be installed perfectly for the entire system to pass an inspection. Inevitably a wire won’t be connected correctly or some other small problem will throw off the system. Where many alarm contractors go wrong, is that they fail to test every little detail of the system as it’s installed. Meticulously testing and fixing problems along the way is the best way to ensure that your project will pass on the first try.

 

bigstock-Fire-Break-Glass-70862857-286x300.jpgWhat Kind of Fire Equipment Does My Commercial Building Need?

The type of fire system equipment needed depends entirely on the building. Size of the building, anticipated occupancy and capacity, and specific uses of the building will all impact what has to go into a building for it to pass a fire inspection.

What Equipment Is Needed in a Commercial Fire System?

Typical commercial fire systems include equipment that can detect fires, help put out fires, and call for emergency assistance. Manual alarm stations, automatic fire alarm detectors, supervisory devices, supervised water flow devices, and an array of other equipment may be needed to meet specific fire code requirements depending on the type, use, and size of the building.

Many types of commercial buildings in Virginia have special fire code requirements, such as:

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  • Adult Care Residences
  • Child Care Facilities
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Key Assets
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Jails
  • Prisons
  • Night Clubs
  • State Buildings
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • State and Private Colleges & Universities
  • College Dormitories
  • Public Service Buildings

Commercial Fire Inspection Fees

There are fees associated with getting a fire inspection. The fees differ based on the local of your building. This is the fee schedule for a fire inspection in Richmond, Virginia If your alarm contractor fails several fire inspections, those fees can add up quickly, not to mention the work being done on your alarm system between each inspection. This is why it’s so important to pass on the first attempt. Some types of facilities will require an annual inspection after the construction project is complete. Other buildings, have different requirements. 

Who Performs Commercial Fire Inspections in Virginia?

In Virginia, we have state fire marshals and local fire marshals. Populated urban regions, like the City of Richmond, have their own fire marshal. State fire marshals conduct inspections in regions of the Commonwealth that don’t have their own fire marshal, typically in less populated areas. Here’s a list of all the local fire marshal offices in Virginia. Providing safety to life and property is the goal of a fire marshal inspection. Fire marshals issue permits, enforce life safety codes, investigate fires, and are responsible for educating the public about fire safety.

Passing a Virginia Fire Inspection

Hire an alarm contractor that knows the ins and outs of commercial fire code requirements if you want to pass in the first round of inspections. Since the 1940’s, we’ve helped a myriad of commercial clients navigate complex fire codes and pass Virginia fire inspections. Contact Richmond Alarm Company to learn more about how to pass a commercial fire inspection. 

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