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Inspections

The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for enforcing many of the sections found in Chapter 541 of the Connecticut General Statutes as well as numerous codes and regulations. The local fire marshal is required to inspect, at a minimum time frequency set forth in section 29-305, all buildings and facilities of public service and occupancies regulated by the Connecticut Fire Safety Code.

The following is a list of basic items that will be inspected:

  • Means of Egress (exiting) / clear width & number of exits
  • Exit Doors
    • All exit doors shall be kept clear
    • All exit doors shall close and latch properly
    • All exit doors shall be free of dead bolts, slide bolts and padlocks.
  • Exit Signs
    • All exit signs shall have proper illumination
    • All battery backups shall work properly
  • Emergency Lights
    • All emergency lighting shall be in proper working order
    • All emergency lights shall be tested once a month for 30 seconds and once a year for 1 ½ hours. Documentation shall be kept on this monthly testing.
  • Fire Extinguishers
    • All fire extinguishers should have yearly inspection tags.
    • All fire extinguishers shall be properly maintained.
    • All fire extinguishers shall be visibly inspected and documented monthly.
  • Fire Alarm
    • Documentation showing fire alarm testing and service in accordance with NFPA 72 shall be provided.
  • Fire Sprinklers
    • Documentation showing sprinkler system testing in accordance with NFPA 25 shall be provided.
  • Storage
    • No items shall be stored within 18 inches of the sprinkler heads.
    • There shall be no storage with 36 inches of electrical panels.
  • Miscellaneous
    • The use of extension cords is not permitted. Exception: Power strips for computer equipment, etc. shall be permitted. 
  • Food and Cooking Establishments
    • Documentation shall be provided for semi-annual hood and duct cleaning in accordance with NFPA 96. Fire suppression system shall be tested and serviced in accordance with NFPA 17 & 17A.