Fire Prevention Inspections


The Fire Department requires business owners, property managers or property owners to contact Fire protection companies to maintain or repair fire protection systems.  These systems include fire sprinklers, standpipes, fire alarm systems or special extinguisher systems. 

In recent years, South Bay Fire Departments have received complaints regarding fraudulent inspectors posing as Fire Department personnel and collecting monies from business owners for services rendered. These individuals state they are performing an inspection on behalf of the Fire Department.  They then charge a fee for services which include, but are not limited to; servicing fire extinguishers, inspecting fire sprinkler systems, servicing kitchen hood and duct systems, and conducting general fire safety inspections.  Below are facts from the Redondo Beach Fire Department to help you avoid this kind of fraud from occurring at your place of business.  If at any time you are concerned about individuals representing themselves as Fire Department personnel, please call Fire Administration at (310)318-0663.

Redondo Beach Fire Department Facts:

  1. The Fire Department conducts annual Fire Life Safety and business license inspections at every business address in Redondo Beach.
  2. These inspections are conducted by one of two groups of Fire Department personnel: Fire Suppression personnel from the fire stations or fire prevention personnel from Fire Administration.
  3. Fire Department personnel are always in an official fire department uniform with Redondo Beach Fire Department badges and photo I.D. card.
  4. Fire Department personnel DO NOT service fire protection equipment, i.e. fire extinguishers.
  5. Beginning February 1, 2018, Fire Prevention staff conducting annual fire and life safety inspections will institute a fee.
What is the Fire Department checking when they inspect your business? *

These regulations are generic for all businesses and only cover the very basics of a fire inspection.

  1. Every business must have access to a fire extinguisher within 75’ from any point in the building.
  2. Fire Extinguishers must be inspected and serviced every 12 months.
  3. Kitchen hood systems must be serviced semi-annually (every 6 months).
  4. Electrical panels must be clear of storage, accessible, and have no void spaces.
  5. Exit doors must be operable and free of storage.
Note:  Fire Protection equipment must be serviced by a private, state licensed company.  The company will place a tag on the equipment with the date of service noted if the system is found to be in compliance.
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