Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Safety Checklist
Explanation of Code Sections
107.6 Overcrowding. Overcrowding or admittance of any person beyond the approved capacity of a
building or a portion thereof shall not be allowed. The fire code official, upon finding any overcrowding
conditions or obstructions in aisles, passageways or other means of egress, or upon finding any
condition which constitutes a life safety hazard, shall be authorized to cause the event to be stopped until such condition or obstruction is corrected.
505.1 Address identification. New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers,
building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch. Where access is by means of a private road and the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be
used to identify the structure.
503.4 Obstruction of fire apparatus access roads. Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed
in any manner, including the parking of vehicles. The minimum widths and clearances established in Section 503.2.1 shall be maintained at all times.
503.2.1 Dimensions. Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet, exclusive of shoulders, except for approved security gates in accordance with Section 503.6, and an
unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet 6 inches.
506.2 Key box maintenance. The operator of the building shall immediately notify the fire code official
and provide the new key when a lock is changed or rekeyed. The key to such lock shall be secured in the key box.
1030.2 Reliability. Required exit accesses, exits or exit discharges shall be continuously maintained free from obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency when the areas served by such exits are occupied. Security devices affecting means of egress shall be subject to approval of the fire code official.
1030.3 Obstructions. A means of egress shall be free from obstructions that would prevent its use, including the accumulation of snow and ice.
1008.1.9 Door operations. Except as specifically permitted by this section egress doors shall be readily openable from the egress side without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.
1008.1.9.1 Hardware. Door handles, pulls, latches, locks and other operating devices on doors required to be accessible by Chapter 11 of the International Building Code shall not require tight grasping, tight
pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate.
1030.4 Exit signs. Exit signs shall be installed and maintained in accordance with Section 1011. Decorations, furnishings, equipment or adjacent signage that impairs the visibility of exit signs, creates confusion or prevents identification of the exit shall not be allowed.
1006.1 Illumination required. The means of egress, including the exit discharge, shall be illuminated at
all times the building space served by the means of egress is occupied.
1. Occupancies in Group U.
2. Aisle accessways in Group A.
3. Dwelling units and sleeping units in Groups R-1, R-2 and R-3.
4. Sleeping units of Group I occupancies.
1004.3 Posting of occupant load. Every room or space that is an assembly occupancy shall have the
occupant load of the room or space posted in a conspicuous place, near the main exit or exit access doorway from the room or space. Posted signs shall be of an approved legible permanent design and shall be maintained by the owner or authorized agent.
703.2 Opening protectives. Opening protectives shall be maintained in an operative condition in
accordance with NFPA 80. Fire doors and smoke barrier doors shall not be blocked or obstructed or
otherwise made inoperable. Fusible links shall be replaced promptly whenever fused or damaged. Fire door assemblies shall not be modified.
703.1 Maintenance. The required fire-resistance rating of fire-resistance-rated construction (including
walls, firestops, shaft enclosures, partitions, smoke barriers, floors, fire-resistive coatings and sprayed fire-resistant materials applied to structural members and fire-resistant joint systems) shall be maintained. Such elements shall be visually inspected by the owner annually and properly repaired, restored or replaced when damaged, altered, breached or penetrated. Where concealed, such elements shall not be required to be visually inspected by the owner unless the concealed space is accessible by the removal or movement of a panel, access door, ceiling tile or similar movable entry to the space. Openings made therein for the passage of pipes, electrical conduit, wires, ducts, air transfer openings and holes made for any reason shall be protected with approved methods capable of resisting the passage of smoke and fire. Openings through fire-resistance-rated assemblies shall be protected by self- or automatic-closing doors of approved construction meeting the fire protection requirements for the assembly.
605.5 Extension cords. Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be a substitute for permanent wiring. Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings or floors, or under doors or floor coverings, nor shall such cords be subject to environmental damage or physical impact. Extension cords shall be used only with portable appliances.
605.5.1 Power supply. Extension cords shall be plugged directly into an approved receptacle, power tap
or multiplug adapter and, except for approved multiplug extension cords, shall serve only one portable
605.3Working space and clearance. A working space of not less than 30 inches in width, 36 inches in
depth and 78 inches in height shall be provided in front of electrical service equipment. Where the electrical service equipment is wider than 30 inches, the working space shall not be less than the width of the equipment. No storage of any materials shall be located within the designated working space.
605.3.1 Labeling. Doors into electrical control panel rooms shall be marked with a plainly visible and legible sign stating ELECTRICAL ROOM or similar approved wording. The disconnecting means for each service, feeder or branch circuit originating on a switchboard or panelboard shall be legibly and durably marked to indicate its purpose unless such purpose is clearly evident.
901.6 Inspection, testing and maintenance. Fire detection, alarm and extinguishing systems shall be
maintained in an operative condition at all times, and shall be replaced or repaired where defective. Nonrequired fire protection systems and equipment shall be inspected, tested and maintained or removed.
901.6.2 Records. Records of all system inspections, tests and maintenance required by the referenced standards shall be maintained on the premises for a minimum of three years and shall be copied to the fire code official upon request.
912.2.2 Existing buildings. On existing buildings, wherever the fire department connection is not visible to approaching fire apparatus, the fire department connection shall be indicated by an approved sign mounted on the street front or on the side of the building. Such sign shall have the letters “FDC” at
least 6 inches high and words in letters at least 2 inches high or an arrow to indicate the location. All such signs shall be subject to the approval of the fire code official.
912.3 Access. Immediate access to fire department connections shall be maintained at all times and without obstruction by fences, bushes, trees, walls or any other fixed or moveable object. Access to fire department connections shall be approved by the fire chief.
Exception: Fences, where provided with an access gate equipped with a sign complying with the
legend requirements of Section 912.4 and a means of emergency operation. The gate and the
means of emergency operation shall be approved by the fire chief and maintained operational at
912.3.1 Locking fire department connection caps. The fire code official is authorized to require
locking caps on fire department connections for water-based fire protection systems where the
responding fire department carries appropriate key wrenches for removal.
912.4 Signs. A metal sign with raised letters at least 1 inch in size shall be mounted on all fire department connections serving automatic sprinklers, standpipes or fire pump connections. Such signs shall read: AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS or STANDPIPES or TEST CONNECTION or a combination thereof as applicable. Where the fire department connection does not serve the entire building, a sign shall be provided indicating the portions of the building served.
904.11.6.2 Extinguishing system service. Automatic fire-extinguishing systems shall be serviced at
least every 6 months and after activation of the system. Inspection shall be by qualified individuals, and a certificate of inspection shall be forwarded to the fire code official upon completion.
907.9.5 Maintenance, inspection and testing. The building owner shall be responsible to maintain the
fire and life safety systems in an operable condition at all times. Service personnel shall meet the qualification requirements of NFPA 72 for maintaining, inspecting and testing such systems. A written record shall be maintained and shall be made available to the fire code official.
906.5 Conspicuous location. Portable fire extinguishers shall be located in conspicuous locations where they will be readily accessible and immediately available for use. These locations shall be along normal paths of travel, unless the fire code official determines that the hazard posed indicates the need for
placement away from normal paths of travel.
906.6 Unobstructed and unobscured. Portable fire extinguishers shall not be obstructed or obscured
from view. In rooms or areas in which visual obstruction cannot be completely avoided, means shall be provided to indicate the locations of extinguishers.
3403.5 Labeling and signage. The fire code official is authorized to require warning signs for the
purpose of identifying the hazards of storing or using flammable liquids. Signage for identification and warning such as for the inherent hazard of flammable liquids or smoking shall be provided in accordance with this chapter and Sections 2703.5 and 2703.6.
3404.3.2 Liquid storage cabinets. Where other sections of this code require that liquid containers be stored in storage cabinets, such cabinets and storage shall be in accordance with Sections 3404.3.2.1 through 3404.3.2.2.
807.1 General requirements. In occupancies in Groups A, E, I and R-1 and dormitories in Group R-2, curtains, draperies, hangings and other decorative materials suspended from walls or ceilings shall meet the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701 in accordance with Section 806.2 or be noncombustible.
807.1.1 Noncombustible materials. The permissible amount of noncombustible decorative material
shall not be limited.
807.1.2 Combustible decorative materials. The permissible amount of decorative materials meeting
the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701 shall not exceed 10 percent of the specific wall or ceiling area to which it is attached.
1. In auditoriums in Group A, the permissible amount of decorative material meeting the flame
propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701 shall not exceed 75 percent of the aggregate wall
area where the building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system in
accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, and where the material is installed in accordance with
Section 803.4 of the International Building Code.
2. The amount of fabric partitions suspended from the ceiling and not supported by the floor in
Group B and M occupancies shall not be limited.
308.3 Group A occupancies. Open-flame devices shall not be used in a Group A occupancy.
1. Open-flame devices are allowed to be used in the following situations, provided approved
precautions are taken to prevent ignition of a combustible material or injury to occupants:
1.1. Where necessary for ceremonial or religious purposes in accordance with Section
1.2. On stages and platforms as a necessary part of a performance in accordance with
1.3. Where candles on tables are securely supported on substantial noncombustible bases
and the candle flames are protected.
2. Heat-producing equipment complying with Chapter 6 and the International Mechanical Code.
3. Gas lights are allowed to be used provided adequate precautions satisfactory to the fire code
official are taken to prevent ignition of combustible materials.
304.1.1 Waste material. Accumulations of wastepaper, wood, hay, straw, weeds, litter or combustible or flammable waste or rubbish of any type shall not be permitted to remain on a roof or in any court, yard, vacant lot, alley, parking lot, open space, or beneath a grandstand, bleacher, pier, wharf, manufactured home, recreational vehicle or other similar structure.
102.9 Matters not provided for. Requirements that are essential for the public safety of an existing or proposed activity, building or structure, or for the safety of the occupants thereof, which are not specifically provided for by this code shall be determined by the fire code official.