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10 Common Fire Code Violations

Whenever routine maintenance is performed on your properties, keep fire safety in mind by taking a few minutes to verify that these simple, but important items are addressed. It will make a difference not only in your fire inspection, but more importantly, it will help to ensure the safety of your employees and customers.

Obstructions in Exit Passageways

Remove any/all obstructions in exit passageways.

Exit Lights

All exit lights need to be working properly and properly illuminated.

Emergency Lights

Emergency lights need to be working properly and tested once a month.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers shall be inspected annually or after each use, by a licensed South Carolina contractor.

Fire Alarm Systems Tested Annually

Fire alarm systems and its components must be tested annually, by a licensed South Carolina contractor, including but not limited to fire alarm boxes, audible devices, batteries, and smoke detectors.

Hood Suppression Systems

In commercial cooking operations, the fire suppression system must be tested and certified by a licensed South Carolina contractor every 6 months. All cooking components (ducts, filters, hoods etc.) should be free from grease and cleaned properly.

Extension Cords

Discontinue use of extension cords. Extension cords shall only be used for temporary wiring and shall not be substituted for permanent wiring.

Extension cords shall not be attached to structures or be extended through walls, ceilings, floors, under or through doors or floor coverings. Extension cords may not be plugged into one another.


Electrical circuit breaker panels, junction boxes, and outlet boxes, shall be covered, and installation complete.

Maintain a 36” inch clearance in front of electrical panel boxes

Sprinkler System

Sprinkler system shall be tested annually by a licenses South Carolina contractor.


Storage should be properly maintained.

If you have any questions about the above, contact the Fire Inspection Division at (843) 740-2622 or (843) 740-2625