INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS

 

The State of Louisiana Fire Marshal rules and regulations require periodic inspection and testing of all life safety systems.  Other regulatory agencies, including Mineral Management Services (MMS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), and OSHA rules require periodic testing in accordance with their rules.

 

Life Safety Considerations

Reviewed by State Fire Marshal

 

                    Occupancy

                    Construction Materials

                    Means of Egress

                    Emergency Lighting / Exit Signs

                    Automatic Fire Suppression Systems

                    Automatic Sprinkler Systems

                    Fire Alarm Systems

                    Heating / Air Conditioning

                    Construction and Compartmentation (Fire Walls)

                    Elevators / Escalators

                    Smoke Control / Smoke Barriers

                    Portable Fire Extinguishers

                    Fire Caulking / Fire Barriers

                    Fire Retardant Coverings and Furnishings

                    Emergency Forces Notification

 

The building occupancy determines types of fire systems required by the Life Safety Code. 

 

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Commonly Used Fire Codes/Standards

 

STANDARD

TITLE

COVERS

NFPA INSPECTION FREQUENCY

NFPA 10

Portable Extinguishers

Selection, installation, inspection of portable fire extinguishers

Annual

NFPA 12

CO2 Systems

Design/Installation

Semi-Annual

NFPA 12A

Halon 1301 Systems

Design/Installation

Semi-Annual

NFPA 2001

Clean Agent Systems

Design/Installation

Semi-Annual

NFPA 13

Sprinkler Systems

Design and installation of automatic sprinkler systems

See NFPA 25

NFPA 17

Dry Chemical Systems

Dry chemical systems used on cooking appliances

Semi-annual

NFPA 17A

Wet Chemical Systems

Wet chemical system used on cooking appliances

Semi-annual

NFPA 25

Water-Based Systems

Inspection & testing, and maintenance of water based fire protection systems

Quarterly - NFPA

Annually - LA state law

NFPA 72

Fire Alarm Code

Application, installation, and maintenance of fire alarm systems

Annual

NFPA 96

Commercial Hoods

Design and installation criteria for commercial cooking equipment

Semi-annual

NFPA 101

Life Safety Code

Minimum requirements to provide safety from fires in buildings

N/A

Assembly

Business

Detention

Industrial

Storage

Residential
Educational
Health Care
Mercantile
Special Structures

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) - The organization, office, or individual responsible for approving equipment and installation. 

        Codes are minimum standards and usually become state law by adoption.