Self Inspection Guide for Winter Protection Against Fires and Freeze-Ups
The following points should be checked prior to and/or during severe winter weather to prevent winter losses.
Building and Structure and Equipment
1 .Arrangements made for snow removal from driveways, roofs.
2. Snow removal equipment in good condition.
3. Idle water cooled air conditioning condensers drained, blown out and with antifreeze.
4. Idle equipment (air tanks, lines, etc.) drained, lubricated as needed.
5. Water cooled engines, pumps, compressors properly maintained.
6. All openings, weather tight, insulation adequate, roof drains open.
7. Vent lines on flammable liquid and other tanks open and protected from entry of rain or snow.
8. All areas with wet pipe sprinklers, dry pipe valve enclosures, and pump houses adequately heated.
9. Cold weather (shut in winter) valves closed-follow up system to restore in sprain.
10. Dry barrel fire hydrants pumped out, properly lubricated.
11. Antifreeze solutions in systems checked for proper concentration.
12. Water tank in good condition, properly heated, not leaking.
13. Valve/meter pits dry and frost proof.
14. Fire Department connection, fire pump hose headers and fire hose properly drained.
15. Insulation on piping adequate/good condition to prevent freezing.
16. All equipment in good repair and properly maintained.
17. Chimneys, smoke pipes, and flues in good condition and cleaned.
18. Adequate clearance to combustible building materials, stock, etc.
19. Operating and safety controls checked according to manufacturers instructions.
20. Salamanders and other open flame devices prohibited.
21. All equipment listed by recognized testing lab and used in accordance with manufacturers instructions.
22. Adequate clearance maintained to combustible floors, walls, ceilings and contents.
23. Adequate fuel on hand and safely stored in listed containers.
24. Backup equipment available–listed recognized test lab.
25. Ventilation and static electricity controls in place. (Increased static electricity/decreased ventilation worsen hazard in winter)
26. All units properly charged and serviced.
27. Water fire extinguishers protected from freeze-up.
28. Antifreeze solutions (if used) at proper concentration.
29. Accumulations of ice, snow cleared from hydrants, driveways, sprinkler control valves, hose cabinets and other essential equipment to allow effective fire suppression.
30. Prearranged impairment system followed for protective system failures (see Loss Control Data Guide F.13579 for details).
31. Excessive snow loads removed from roofs to prevent collapse.
32. Torches or open flame not used to thaw pipes.
33. Building temperatures monitored frequently especially at night or on weekends during particularly cold weather.
34. Adequate ventilation provided.
35. Adequate clearance to combustibles.
36. Used only in accordance with manufactures instructions.
37. Noncombustible covering, thermal barrier provided protect all new and existing plastic or foam insulation.