Common Code Safety Violations

Annual Fire Inspections
The Bremerton Fire Department conducts annual inspections of multiple residential occupancies of 3 or more units, businesses, churches and schools. The goal of these inspections is to decrease the number and severity of fires. Residential and business inspections take place throughout the year. Reinspections, if necessary, are conducted 30-60 days after the initial inspection.

Most of these inspections are conducted by the Bremerton Fire Marshal's Office. Fire inspectors conduct inspections of schools, hospitals, and other state mandated inspections, including inspections referred by tax and licensing for new businesses.

There is no cost for a fire inspection in the City of Bremerton. Inspectors make routine inspections of all public spaces, which include areas like hallways, exit balconies, assembly rooms, utility and laundry rooms and garages. Unless requested by an owner, annual inspections are routine and normally do not require appointments, unless there are special hazards and/or the building is very large, which requires the assistance of a building engineer to complete the inspection.

Violations to Look For
Below is a list of some of the fire code safety violations our fire inspectors look for during an annual inspection. You can use this list as a guide to assist you in identifying and correcting potential fire and life safety hazards in your building. For more information, call the Fire Department at 360-473-5397.

  • Remove obstructions from exits, aisles, corridors, and fire escapes
  • Repair and maintain lighting for corridors, stairways and exits
  • Maintain emergency power equipment for exit lighting and signs
  • Provide approved exit signs at every required exit
  • Discontinue use of extension codes in lieu of permanent wiring
  • Repair openings in fire resistive constructions (walls, ceilings, unsealed chases)
  • Maintain a clearance of 30 or more inches in front of electrical panels
  • Mount where readily available with no higher than a 5-foot top
  • Post signs indicating location, if not readily available
  • Service and tag annually and after each use
  • Should have a minimum of 2A rating (travel distance not to exceed 75 feet)
  • Approved container for storage of combustible rubbish or waste material
  • Storage 2 feet or more below ceilings in non-sprinkled areas; 18 inches within sprinklers
  • Remove storage underneath exit stairs and combustibles from exits
  • Remove combustible storage from mechanical or electrical equipment rooms or boiler rooms
  • Remove storage of dumpsters or containers in buildings or within 5 feet of combustible walls, openings or roof eave lines
  • Remove combustibles and/or hazardous materials from vacant buildings and properties
  • Remove accumulations of weeds, grass, vines, or other vegetation
  • Remove storage of combustible materials less than 10 feet from property line
Hotels, Motels & Apartments
  • Provide and install smoke detectors in sleeping rooms, common areas, and adjacent to sleeping areas
  • Provide an approved fire alarm system in apartment buildings 3 or more stories high or 16 or more units, in hotels 3 or more stories high or 16 or more guest rooms.
  • Repair openings in fire resistive construction
  • Maintain all fire assemblies (i.e. fire doors, windows, dampers) in good working condition
  • Provide stairway separation doors where required (1-3/4-inch solid wood core, with approved self-closer and latch)
Alarm Systems
  • Maintain in operable condition and test monthly
  • Fire alarm system service is required annually
  • When a manual and automatic fire alarm system is required, plans must be submitted to the Fire Department and a permit issued before installation
  • Inspect and test monthly
  • Service by a state licensed contractor every year
  • Secure valves in the open position with an approved locking device
  • Provide approved protective covers for Fire Department connections and intakes. These shall be the screw in or Knox locking type.
Occupancy Load & Address
  • Post occupant load sign near main exit in assembly rooms of 50 or more
  • Provide approved numbers or addresses on all new and existing buildings
  • Fire Department permit needed for operation of places of assembly (50+ or more)