With a view to enhance the fire safety and to control the damages to lives and property caused by fires, Maharashtra Government has made it mandatory for all establishments; industrial, commercial as well as residential; to carry out the Fire Audit twice a year. It is to be carried out in January and July of every year.
As per the fire department norms, all commercial as well as high rise residential buildings are fitted with the firefighting equipment like pumps, sprinklers, hydrants etc. The purpose of the Fire Audit is to check whether all the provisions are made as per the norms, and most importantly, whether they are in perfect working condition as and when the need arises. The Fire Audit can be carried out only by the agencies that hold a Fire Audit license issued by ‘Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services’
It is necessary to do Fire Audit for the following reasons:
- To ensure that the building is equipped with the necessary firefighting equipment and it is maintained to be in the perfect working condition all the time.
- To ensure compliance to the law: Failure to carry out the Fire Audits may result in heavy penalties including cutting off of water and electricity supplies of the defaulting establishment and even imprisonment of the responsible people in some cases.