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The Nuts and Bolts of a Fire Escape Inspection

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If your building has a fire escape, national fire code requires an inspection every five years. Any unsafe elements of your fire escape need to be repaired and replaced. This is to ensure not only the integrity of the structure, but the safety of residents or employees in your building. Hi

For fire escape repair and maintenance, contact HB Fab Co. We perform the necessary work to get your fire escape up to code and ensure its safety and stability for many years to come.

The Fire Escape Inspection Process

Usually, your fire escape inspection will be carried out by one or two certified technicians. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may also need a certification of structural integrity by a structural engineer.

Your inspectors search the fire escape for signs of rust, loose parts, loose handrails, missing stairs, dislocation from the building, or any other safety concerns. Often, a load test is required as well. This involves placing weights, which can be water buckets, sand bags, or other materials, on the fire escape for a set length of time to test its stability.

Fire escape inspections are required by law and should be done promptly. The cost of an inspection varies depending on the size of the building and the complexity of its fire escape, with small residential systems costing as little as $500 to inspect, and commercial skyscrapers as much as $5000.

Fire Escape Repair and Maintenance

As fire escapes age, they start to rust. Surface rust can merely be scraped off and repainted. But internal rust is a more serious problem, requiring the entire component to be replaced.

At HB Fab Co, we specialize in fire escape repair and maintenance. Our team takes safety concerns and building codes into account when working on your structure, ensuring that you pass your fire escape inspection with flying colors. Contact us with your fire escape repair projects in Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles.

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