What information should be on an inspection report?
When a fire protection professional comes to your facility to conduct an inspection, there are a list of criteria or standards used to assess the functionality and overall operations of that particular system. These standards are generated from NFPA standards and codes. There may be some variation based on local jurisdiction requirements.
The information on a professional inspection report should include a complete description of all standards to be met per code as well as a detailed review of the “health” of your system. A comprehensive report may include notes from the technician, images of deficiencies, and information on the history of previous inspections.
Basic components of a professional inspection report should include:
- Name of inspector
- Inspection date
- Location of inspection with customer contact info
- Individual NFPA code references
- Inventory of all devices, detectors, etc. along with previous inspection dates and status
- Specific standards checklist for that particular system
These criteria vary by system type and are set by the NFPA. For example, NFPA 25, the Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, dictates the requirements for the inspection of fire sprinkler systems while NFPA 2001, the Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, dictates the requirements for total flooding and local application clean agent systems.
Some specific examples of a professional inspection report include:
Semi-annual clean agent fire extinguisher report
Annual fire extinguisher inspection report
Annual fire alarm system inspection
Annual fire sprinkler system inspection