City of Pittsburgh

Bureau of Fire

Self Inspection Report

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Self Inspection Fire Safety Program provides a valuable opportunity for the Bureau to collaborate with the business community to increase both fire and life safety.

This program is designated for specific occupancies that have been predetermined as having a lower fire risk. We believe this new program will increase the safety of specific assembly, business and mercantile occupancies.

This web page is to be used by businesses that have received written correspondence from the Bureau indicating eligibility for participation in this program. Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to PBF Fire Prevention at (412) 255-2863 or via e-mail at

The Self-Inspection Checklist should be completed with supporting documentation within thirty (30) days of receiving notification from the bureau. Checklists that are not responded to within the thirty day limit will be contacted by PBF personnel to coordinate a site visit and inspection.

Questions about this program or completion of this form should also be addressed to Fire Prevention using the contact information above.

Please note: After completing the form below, please email all related supporting documentation to Please make sure to include your name and phone number in the email.

We appreciate your participation and welcome your feedback.

Basic Information
Fire District Information

If you are unsure which Fire District your business resides in, enter a street address into the search box at top left of the map below. The map will zoom to that location. Click the surrounding color overlay to get the District Number, and select that number in the dropdown above.

Please answer the following questions below.

IFC Section and No. Description Yes No N/A
505.1 Are building address numbers visible from the street?
507.5.5 Is there a minimum 3-foot of clearance around on-site fire hydrant?
1008.1.4.4 Do all exit doors remain unlocked during business hours?
1008.1.9 Are the exit doors operable from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge?
1011.4 Are illuminated exit signs fully illuminated in the normal and back-up modes? Push the test button to determine back up functionality.
  Do the emergency lighting units work properly? Conduct a test by pushing the test button and holding for at least 30 seconds.
1006.3 Are exit aisles, hallways and stairways clear of obstructions?
1030.3 Are combustibles stored in exit corridors, hallways, or under stairs?
315.2.2 Are all electrical outlets, switches and junction boxes covered with proper cover plates?
605.6 Are circuit breakers in panels labeled to identify the area protected?
605.3.1 Are extension cords in use? Extension cords are not to be used in place of permanent wiring. They may be utilized to supply power to a single small appliance such as a fan, radio, or power tool.
605.4 Are power strips, with a built-in breaker, plugged directly into approved electrical outlets? No power strip on power strip use.
605.10 Are portable electric space heaters used? If so, they shall be plugged directly into wall outlets and operated a minimum of 3 feet away from combustibles.
315.2.3 Are combustibles stored in equipment rooms? Combustibles are not to be stored in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms, or electrical equipment rooms.
315.2 Are there at least 18-inches of clearance, free from combustible items, around hot water heaters and furnaces?
315.2.1 Is storage of items maintained at least 2 feet below the ceiling?
703.1 Are ceiling tiles fixed in place? This allows the ceiling to prevent the passage of smoke and fire.
906.3.1 Are there an adequate number of fire extinguishers? There should be no more than 75 feet of travel distance to a fire extinguisher. Extinguishers should be an all-purpose ABC type with a minimum UL rating of 2A-10B:C.
906.9.1 Is the fire extinguisher firmly mounted to a stable structure, visible, accessible, and ready for use? Free standing is not acceptable.
906.2 Has the fire extinguisher(s) been inspected and tagged to indicate a current annual inspection?
907.9 If there is a fire alarm system, has the system been inspected within the past 12 month by a licensed contractor? If yes, please provide a copy of the inspection report.
901.6.1 If there is a fire sprinkler, and/or a standpipe system, was the system inspected within the past 12 months by a licensed contractor? If yes attach a copy of the inspection report
609.3.3.1 If there is a commercial cooking hood, was the hood inspected within the past 6 months by a licensed contractor? If yes attach a copy of the inspection report
3003.5.3 Are compressed gas cylinders such as oxygen, acetylene, argon, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide secured to a fixed structure or on carts that prevent them from falling? If yes, please provide the name of the compressed gas and quantity of each.
407 Do you use, or store Hazardous Materials? If yes, provide a Hazardous Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) identifying the name of the material(s), physical state (solid, liquid, or gas), chemical abstract service (CAS), and quantity of each material.

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