Routine code enforcement inspections and safety checks are performed using the fire inspection section of the Life Safety module.
Inspections of these existing facilities can be assigned to a station, a specific unit or an individual member of the fire prevention staff. Inspections are normally scheduled to be performed on a regular interval, which can range from every month to every 10 years. Most agencies determine the frequency based on the building's use or other factors.
Primary Inspections are the initial inspections done at this regular interval. Primary inspections are used to find any unknown fire code or safety violations and to update pertinent building information in the Occupancy Profile. A primary inspection form is printed prior to completing the inspection. This form has much of the basic building information pre-printed on it for the inspector's review. A bar code at the bottom of the form identifies the occupancy and inspection to speed data entry.
Data entry is easy. Just scan the bar code at the bottom of the form and the data entry tool will locate and display the record for this inspection. Basic information, such as the date and time that the inspection was completed is entered, along with each violation.
When entering violations, you only need to provide a short numeric code for the actual violation. You can also enter a comment that identifies the location or more specific information about the violation. Standard text that describes the applicable code section or your agency's policy is automatically copied over enhancing the description of the violation.
Finally, you can drag and drop digital photographs or other files directly into the data entry tool. These files are stored in the database for easy retrieval later.
Follow Up Inspections are performed to verify that the violations that were found have been corrected. As with primary inspections, follow ups are performed after a preprinted form is produced.
The follow up inspection form contains all of the information necessary to conduct the inspection, including a detailed description of the violation and its location. Like the primary inspection, the form itself is identified by a bar code for easy retrieval. Additionally, each violation on the form has its own bar code. Marking a violation as corrected is as easy as scanning its bar code.
Management Reports are provided to help you track the progress of your program. You can easily find out if any of your inspectors or crews are falling behind or if certain building owners are not complying with your requirements. Charts and graphs that depict workload and compliance can be produced with a few clicks of the mouse.