Home Fire Inspection Checklist Form - Louisville, Kentucky

This Kentucky-specific "Home Fire Inspection Checklist Form" is a document released by the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction.

Download the fillable PDF by clicking the link below and use it according to the applicable legal guidelines.

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LOUISVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
HOME FIRE INSPECTION CHECKLIST
Address
Good
Bad
Is the address posted in a minimum of four-inch numbers?
Is the address on a contrasting background?
Is the address visible from the street?
Doors & Windows
Good
Bad
Are exit doors provided with double cylinder key locking devices?
Is the key left on the interior side of the locking device when the person is at home
or asleep?
Are bars and other security devices placed upon windows that are not operable from
the inside?
Are the windows operational where they could be used for emergency egress?
In homes with windows in excess of 44” off the floor, are steps or a window seat
provided so that a small child could get out of the window?
Are escape ladders provided in sleeping rooms on the second floor?
In newer homes with an emergency egress window in the basement, is a ladder
provided in the window well to allow persons to escape to grade level?
Is the door between the garage and the residence portion of the house a 1-5/8” solid
core door?
Is it provided with a closer?
Does the door close and latch?
Are attic covers in place?
Stairways
Good
Bad
Are handrails in place and secure on all stairwells?
Is storage placed under the stairways and if so, is the back of the stairway protected
with sheetrock?
Extinguishers
Good
Bad
Are fire extinguishers provided in the garage?
Are fire extinguishers provided in the kitchen?
Are fire extinguishers provided in the basement?
Are fire extinguishers fully charged?
Are fire extinguishers hung up in an accessible location?
Has the fire extinguisher been taken down off the wall, turned over, and the powder
allowed to flow from bottom to top?
LOUISVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
HOME FIRE INSPECTION CHECKLIST
Address
Good
Bad
Is the address posted in a minimum of four-inch numbers?
Is the address on a contrasting background?
Is the address visible from the street?
Doors & Windows
Good
Bad
Are exit doors provided with double cylinder key locking devices?
Is the key left on the interior side of the locking device when the person is at home
or asleep?
Are bars and other security devices placed upon windows that are not operable from
the inside?
Are the windows operational where they could be used for emergency egress?
In homes with windows in excess of 44” off the floor, are steps or a window seat
provided so that a small child could get out of the window?
Are escape ladders provided in sleeping rooms on the second floor?
In newer homes with an emergency egress window in the basement, is a ladder
provided in the window well to allow persons to escape to grade level?
Is the door between the garage and the residence portion of the house a 1-5/8” solid
core door?
Is it provided with a closer?
Does the door close and latch?
Are attic covers in place?
Stairways
Good
Bad
Are handrails in place and secure on all stairwells?
Is storage placed under the stairways and if so, is the back of the stairway protected
with sheetrock?
Extinguishers
Good
Bad
Are fire extinguishers provided in the garage?
Are fire extinguishers provided in the kitchen?
Are fire extinguishers provided in the basement?
Are fire extinguishers fully charged?
Are fire extinguishers hung up in an accessible location?
Has the fire extinguisher been taken down off the wall, turned over, and the powder
allowed to flow from bottom to top?
Smoke Detectors
Good
Bad
Are smoke detectors installed on each level?
Are smoke detectors installed in sleeping rooms of the home?
Are smoke detectors working?
Have the batteries been changed within the last year? (Suggest twice a year)
Have 120-volt detectors been checked on a monthly basis with the test button?
Have battery operated detectors been checked on a monthly basis with the test button?
The 1991 Uniform Building Code requires a smoke detector that is 120-volt powered
with battery backup be placed within each sleeping room along with a smoke detector
on each level. All detectors are interconnected so that if one activates, all detectors will
activate. Are all units still in place, operate, and have the batteries been changed each
year (at a minimum)?
Wiring/Appliances
Good
Bad
Are all outlet and switchplate covers in place?
Are all junction boxes provided with an approved coverplate?
Are extension cords being attached to the walls, ceilings or over doorways or used
because the house doesn’t have receptacles at the locations where power is needed?
Are extension cords being used because the house doesn’t have receptacles at the
locations where power is needed?
Are multiple power adapters in use?
Are appliance cords and plugs in good condition without nicks or splices?
Are appliance cords not run under rugs, carpeting, and furniture?
Is ROMEX wiring run outside of walls?
Are there splices in power cords to appliances or outside of a junction box on house
wiring?
Are outlets in good condition without broken pieces?
Do switches appear to be operating properly?
Are light covers in place on light fixtures in closets?
Are light covers in place on the exterior of the building?
Are the light bulbs larger than the rating on the light fixture?
Is the microwave oven on a separate circuit?
Is the house wired with aluminum wiring?
Is the circuit directory inside the circuit panel?
Is the circuit directory marked?
Do the breakers appear to be in good working condition?
Is a 30” clear space provided around the circuit panel?
Storage
Good
Bad
Are storage areas neat and storage away from such units as the furnace and water
heater?
Are combustible liquids such as gasoline, Coleman fuel, kerosene, and propane stored
In properly marked containers?
Good
Bad
Are combustibles away from potential ignition sources such as furnaces, water heaters
and appliances that may produce heat or a spark?
Are combustibles not stored in basements, bedrooms, etc.?
Are combustible liquids such as stains or paints that are used within the home properly
stored?
Are rags used for such placed in a metal container with a sealed lid?
Water Heater
Good
Bad
Is the clothes dryer vented?
Is the vent attached to the dryer?
Is the area behind the dryer clean?
Recommend that the dryer vent hose, piping, and inside lint trap be cleaned. The unit
needs to be unplugged when cleaning the vent pipe. Has the water heater been
checked by a reputable service company in the last year?
Does the water heater have the guard in place for the pilot light?
Does the exhaust vent piping from the water heater to the vent through the roof of the
house appear to be in good condition?
Is the draft diverter (on the top of the water heater) and the exhaust piping attached
and appear to be in good condition?
Is the gas line to the water heater copper pipe or black iron pipe?
Approved epoxy-coated flex lines and brass lines with flanges, not soldered fittings
are permissible. Rigged pipe is also approved.
Is storage kept a minimum of 36” from the water heater?
Furnace
Good
Bad
Has the forced air furnace or boiler unit been checked by a reputable service company
within the last year?
Is the furnace motor clean and free of dust and lint?
Is the furnace filter clean?
Is the furnace filter changed frequently (recommend once a month during cold season)?
Does the vent piping from the top of the furnace to the vent through the roof of the
house appear to be in good condition?
Is the gas line to the furnace copper pipe or black iron pipe?
Approved epoxy-coated flex lines and brass lines with flanges, not soldered fittings
are permissible. Rigged pipe is also approved.
Are covers to the furnace on?
Are covers to the furnace in place?
Is storage kept a minimum of 36” from the furnace?
Fireplace/Wood-Burning Stoves
Good
Bad
Does the house have a fireplace or wood-burning stove?
Has it been cleaned?
Has it been checked by a reputable cleaning company?
Good
Bad
When the fireplace or wood-burning stove is cleaned, is a metal can with a lid on site for
the disposal of ashes?
Remember that fireplace ashes can remain hot up to 72 hours or longer after a fire in a
fireplace.
Miscellaneous
Good
Bad
Have the motors to appliances such as refrigerators or clothes dryers been cleaned
To reduce dust or dirt that may overheat the motors?
Are 911 stickers attached to the telephones?
Recommend to the homeowner that their insurance company check to assure that the
Insurance is within present values.
Recommend that the homeowner take an inventory of the furnishings within the home.
Take pictures videotape each room and keep all purchase receipts in a safety deposit
Box or in another place other than the home to assist the homeowner in the event of loss
from fire or burglary.
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