To make sure your home doesn't violate any fire code standards here in South Florida and avoid unnecessary issues with homeowners insurance watch out for the following situations:
As obvious at it seems, one of the most frequent violations of fire codes stem from leaving access routes blocked.
#2 – Fire Extinguishers
All fire extinguishers in your home should be regularly refilled and maintained by certified agents. Even the single use of a water fire extinguisher will need replenishment. This is one of the most common fire code violations of all.
#3 – Fire Alarms
All alarm systems must undergo an annual inspection and suitable records of action must be kept. These tests can include, but are not exclusive to, alarm boxes, batteries and sound devices.
# 5 – Extension Cords
Perhaps the biggest fire code violation of all is the use of extension cables. These should only be used on a temporary basis and must not be installed for permanent use.
Extension cables must not be connected into each other and should never be attached to permanent fixtures or pass through holes in walls.
#6 – Uncovered Electrical Outlets
Any significant electrical outlet must remain covered. This applies to junction boxes, circuit breaker panels and any type of outlet box.
#7 – Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors provide another common fire code violation. Homeowners and businesses are obliged to keep all smoke detectors maintained and in full working order.
#8 – Clearances
Electrical control boxes of any type must have a clearance diameter of at least 36 inches. Placing furniture, equipment or any other obstruction in access areas to electrical sources is another common fire code violation that can be easily remedied with due care and attention.
We don't just want our clients to avoid fire code violations, we want you to be more safe and avoid unnecessary insurance claims. For more information about Homeowners Insurance contact our agency at (954) 431-9423 or click here to get a homeowners insurance quote for any location throughout Florida.