The following information and links are helpful to the professional community involved with building, remodeling, or maintaining commercial occupancy.
Annual Fire Safety Inspections
Every occupancy will have a life and fire safety inspection regularly. An engine company may also visit occupancy and conduct a pre-fire incident plan. A pre-fire incident plan is a means for an engine company to be familiar with a business and locate hazards that may complicate an emergency response to that location.
All occupancies must have all fire inspections prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy. Supplement inspections and acceptance test must be completed and passed prior to the fire final.
Inspections that follow are required inspections, however, not limited to only these inspections. Other supplement inspections may be required in order to serve a special purpose or hazard.
- Hydrostatic test on all piping including underground.
- Visual on all piping including underground
- Fire pump acceptance test
- Flow test (usually same time as alarm test)
- Main drain test
Fire Alarm Systems
- Fire alarm acceptance test
- Anything the fire alarm is responsible for, and or connected to, such as but not limited to, elevators, kitchen hoods, fire pumps, etc.
- Flow test (in conjunction with sprinkler contractor).
Acceptance test on any fire suppression hood system including, but not limited to, kitchens, paint booths etc.
Automatic Gate Openers
- Must be 3M or compatible, OpticomT opener
- Must have a manual override, Knox Box system
- Must have an acceptance test
Fire Final inspections are conducted prior to any move in of people or stock in all occupancy’s. Must have Fire Final prior to application for a Certificate of Occupancy. A Fire Final includes, but is not limited to, the following list.
Means of egress – exit signs, emergency lighting
- Fire lane striping
- Fire Extinguishers properly mounted and inspection tags in place
- Fire caulking completed
- Knox Box mounted and keys ready for installation
6. All applicable fire codes, local ordinances, Life Safety Code 101
A checklist titled “Fire Final Requirements” is available on the Guides and Information page to assist you in the process.
Knox Box rapid entry system is designed to allow the fire department to gain access to occupancy without causing damage to the occupancy, during an emergency or a false alarm. The Round Rock Fire Prevention Division requires a Knox Box with current keys to business occupancies. Lists of requirements are as follows:
- If the occupancy has a fire alarm or a sprinkler system
- If the occupancy has 5000 sq ft or greater of floor space
- If the building has more than one tenant
- If the fire official deems an extraordinary hazard
- If the occupancy has a sprinkler system, Knox FDC caps are also required