Business Fire Safety Checklist

Make fire prevention a high priority for your business. Always be on the lookout for fire hazards and make sure you have the proper fire safety equipment.


  • No extension cords or multi-plug adapters in use.
  • No electrical cords extending through walls, ceilings, floors, under doors or floor coverings.
  • No damaged electrical cords, plugs or outlets.
  • 30-inch minimum clearance maintained around circuit panel.

General Fire Safety

  • Combustible storage maintained at least 24 inches below ceiling (18 inches, if there are sprinklers).
  • No combustibles stored in furnace or electrical rooms or below stairs.
  • Clearance maintained between heat-producing equipment and combustibles.
  • Storage maintained in neat and orderly manner to minimize fire spread and facilitate control.
  • Dumpsters are a minimum of five feet from combustibles; covers kept closed.
  • Compressed gas cylinders are properly secured and contents clearly labeled.


  • Exit corridors and aisles remain unobstructed, free of any material or matter at all times.
  • Exit doors are able to be opened from inside without a key, special knowledge or effort.
  • Main entry door, ONLY, may have deadbolt lock but is always unlocked during business hours.
  • Exit signs clearly indicate exit path, minimum six-inch letters with ¾-inch stroke.
  • Exit signs are illuminated when the building is occupied.

Fire extinguishers and fire protection systems 

  • Fire extinguishers are serviced annually by a State Fire Marshal-licensed company, as well as if discharged or tampered with.
  • Extinguishers have a minimum rating of 2A:10B:C and are located at an exit or on an exit path every 75 feet of travel or as otherwise required by the Fire Department.
  • Extinguishers mounted 3½ to 5 feet above floor.
  • Fire protection systems must be tagged quarterly and annually by a State Fire Marshal-licensed company.

Fire-resistive barriers

  • Fire doors and fire dampers must be fully operational.
  • Fire-resistive walls and ceilings must not have holes, breaks or missing panels.

Flammable liquids

  • Orlando Fire Department restrictions regarding flammable liquids continually observed.

Hazardous materials

  • Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement renewed annually with quantity stored and quantity in regular use.

Fire hydrants (private-owned)

  • Fire hydrants serviced, tagged and painted annually by a licensed company.
  • Send report to the Orlando Fire Department, 78 West Central Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32801 Attention: Hydrant Coordinator.