City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Fire and Life Safety Inspection

Fire and Life Safety Inspections

Oak Harbor Fire personnel inspect commercial properties on a regular basis (retail businesses, churches, restaurants, medical facilities, schools, and apartment complexes).

These inspections are FREE OF CHARGE and an important part of fire prevention. They help us keep people and property safe from fire. Inspections provide an opprotunity for firefighters to learn about your business/building, and help us prepare pre-fire plans so we'll be more effective if there is a fire.

Being aware of fire hazards helps business and building owners be prepared.

Regular fire inspections also help to reduce insurance premium rates we all pay for fire insurance on our homes and businesses.

Inpsection Tips:

Common Code Violations

The following is a list of the most commonly identified hazarrds uncovered during a fire and life safety inspection. Reviewing these areas in advance will both increase your business's safety and assist you in preparing for an inspection:
  • Address not posted.
  • Blocked/locked exits.
  • Mainenance of fire lanes.
  • Fire extinguishers not serviced annually.
  • Fire sprinklers and alarms not serviced annual.
  • improper use of extension cords.
  • Housekeeping

Back up important data and copies of financial statements and records in a secure place away from the business. These records are invaluable in case of a fire when you have to recreate financial records.

Learn how to prepare your business for other emergencies or disasters. 
If you have questions or concerns -- before, during, or after your fire and life safety inspection, please discuss these with your Inspector. Our goal is always to assit you in maintaining a safe environment for your employees and customers.
Download our Fire & Life Safety Inspection form and use it as a checklist to prepare for your annual inspection.


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