How Often Should I Have My Fire Escape Inspected?

Although everyone hopes their building will be safe from fires and other disasters, it’s important to be prepared. That’s why most cities have specific fire escape inspection regulations, and San Francisco is no exception. There’s no telling when a fire will break out, an earthquake will occur or other problems may arise that require a quick escape. Staying on top of fire escape inspection and maintenance is part of your duty as a building owner in San Francisco, CA.

Here’s how often you need to have your fire escape inspected, and why it’s so important.

Fire escape inspections

The San Francisco Building Inspection Code, Section 604, requires that all fire escapes be inspected for compliance once every five years. Furthermore, Section 908 of the San Francisco Fire Escape Building Code states that “fire escapes shall be kept clear and unobstructed and be readily accessible at all times.” If your building is found to be in violation of these codes, you might be subject to fines and other penalties.

However, that doesn’t mean you can schedule a once-every-five-years inspection and still keep your tenants safe. As you know, San Francisco is subject to a lot of foggy, humid weather that can cause corrosion, paint peeling and other issues. The weather can cause a lot of wear and tear that may jeopardize your fire escape’s safety. Without regular inspections and maintenance, the fire escapes could fail your tenants or employees when they need them most.

We recommend once-yearly inspections and maintenance appointments. This is the best way to guarantee that your fire escapes are structurally sound, operating properly and in compliance with local, state and federal laws. When you work with a company like Great Escape Fire Escape Service, we’ll take care of the inspections and maintenance—all you need to do is give us a call.

Why regular inspections are so important

In addition to keeping your fire escapes safe and in compliance, regular inspections help limit your legal liability. If your building’s fire escapes fail, the survivors or the victims’ families will want to seek compensation from the responsible parties. As the building owner, that responsibility falls on you.

However, if you can prove that your building was in compliance and regularly inspected and maintained, you’re much less likely to be found liable. This can save hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Very few property owners can survive a major lawsuit and the destruction of their property. Not only is it the legally required and ethical thing to do, it will also protect your investments, reputation and livelihood.

Schedule your inspections and maintenance today

As a busy building owner, you can rely on Great Escape Fire Escape Service to make sure that your fire escape is in compliance with the Building Inspection Codes and Fire Escape Building Codes. If we find that repairs need to be performed, we’ll inform you and get your fire escapes back into good working order. Call us today for expert fire escape maintenance and inspection in San Francisco, CA.

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