SAN DIEGO FIRE CODES CHECKLIST R1 and R2 :rebrand.ly/firecodes

R-1 & R-2 Checklist  (see R1 and R2 definitions)


Joseph Amador, Captain
, Community Education Program Mgr.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept.
619 533 4880 (O) 619 723 3424 (C)
jamador@sandiego.gov
SDFDCommED@sandiego.gov>

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(Residential occupancies, transient and permanent) See also Clearances needed for fire safety: rebrand. ly/clearances



Access and Fire Lane 

Address numbers visible from street F505.1 

Fire lane shall be unobstructed, clean, and visible F503.1.1 

20-foot width required F503.2.1 

Approval required for security gates across fire access roads F503.6 

Knox box required F506.1 

Maintain keys in Knox box F506.2 

Fire Hydrants 

 Blue dot reflective marker F507.5.7 

Three feet of clearance F507.5.5 

Provide physical protection F507.5.6 

Private: caps, outlets toward street, S/O valve location, corrosion, leaking, annual visual, 5 yr test
F507.5.2 

 
Fire Sprinkler Systems 

 Back-flow preventer: lock, chain, sign w/bldg address, tamper switch, FDC, corrosion, leaking 
F901.6 

PIV: site glass readable, break-away lock, shutoff wrench, sign w/building address/area covered
, tamper switch F901.6 

Butterfly, OS&Y: valves open, not damaged, parts missing F901.6 

Tamper switch: conduit was broken, exposed wires, cover missing F901.6 

FDC: clearly visible, caps on, female connections swivel freely, gasket inside, sign F901.6 

Signs for all FDCs and multiple risers showing areas being covered F912.4 

Standpipes: signs, caps, shutoff valve, damaged, corroded F901.6 

Sprinkler heads painted, corroded, damaged F901.6 

Provide access to fire protection equipment F509.2 

Sprinkler bell labeled, if present F901.6 

 
Storage (outside) 

 Remove combustible waste material from structure or premises F304.1 

Dumpsters over 1.5 cu. yards (40 cu ft) min 5’ from combustible walls, openings, roof eaves 
F304.3.3 

10 foot clearance between combustible material and property line F315.4 

Combustible waste materials shall not be stored beneath a building or structure F315.3.4 

No combustible storage under unsprinklered eaves, canopies, projections or overhangs 
F315.3.1 



Electrical 

Abatement of electrical hazards (catch-all code) F605.1 

Label individual circuit breakers F605.3.1 

No combustible material stored in electrical, mechanical or boiler rooms F315.2.3 

Clear space around, front of switch/panel boards; 30” across, 36” deep, 78” high F605.3 

Cover plates for electrical boxes, conduit bodies, & on/off switches F605.6 

Electrical splices shall be done inside electrical boxes or conduit bodies F605.6 

Discontinue use of extension cords in lieu of permanent wiring F605.5 

Extension cords not affixed to structures; extended thru walls, ceilings or floors F605.5 

Extension cords shall serve only one portable appliance F605.5 
 

Elevators 

 Where required, check for phase I and phase II operation F607.1 

Signs “IN FIRE EMERGENCY, DO NOT USE ELEVATOR USE EXIT STAIRS” F 607.2 

Elevator keys/firefighter service keys kept in an approved location F607.4 

Provide sign for elevator mechanical room F509.1 

Phase I and Phase II Elevator Operation 

 
Phase 1 Test 

1. Place the key in the switch, typically located on the wall outside the elevator on the recall floor. 
Turn to ON. 
2. All elevators must return Non Stop to recall floor. 
3. Doors should open and remain open. 

Phase 2 Test 

1. Verify the door stays open. 
2. Inside the elevator, insert the elevator key and turn the switch to ON. 
3. Close the doors by continually holding the Door Close button until the doors close completely. 
4. Select a floor. 
5. Verify the elevator goes to floor selected. The doors should stay closed. 
6. Hold the Door Open button continuously. 
7. When the door starts to open release the Door Open button so the doors will close to test the 
Peak-A-Boo feature. 
8. Hold the Door Open button until the doors are fully opened. 
9. Turn the key to the HOLD position. 
10. Verify the elevator stays at the landing and the doors stay open. 
11. Depress the Door Close button to verify it does not function and the doors don’t close. 
 


Exit Doors 

Operable at all times without a key, special knowledge or effort F1008.1.9 

Minimum dimensions 32” wide, 80” high F1008.1.1 

Open in direction of emergency travel when occupant load exceeds 49 F1008.1.2 

Not concealed with decorations, furnishings, mirrors or equipment F1008.1 

Remove manually operated flush bolts, surface bolts from exit doors F1008.1.9.4 

Unlatching of any door or leaf shall not require more than one action F1008.1.9.5 

Revolving doors requires hinged door within 10 feet F1008.1.4.1 

Provide/maintain landing outside exit door same width as door F1008.1.5 

Main exit door: key-operated lock OK from egress side, lock readily distinguished as 
locked, sign above door on egress side “THIS DOOR TO REMAIN UNLOCKED WHEN 
BUILDING IS OCCUPIED” F1008.1.9.3 


Exit Signs 

Maintain F1011.1 

Readily visible from any direction of egress F1011.1 

Additional exit signs required when exit path not easily identified F1011.1 

Must be illuminated when two or more exits are required F1011.1 

Back-up power required F1011.5.3 

 

Fire Alarm System 

Panel: Green light – system OK 

Panel: Any other color light – TROUBLE or SUPERVISORY signal F907.9.1 

Panel: back-up batteries with date of manufacture (5 years or less), circuit breaker location 
F907.9.1 

Maintain fire alarm components/system in operable condition at all times F901.6 

Provide maintenance, inspection and test documentation F907.9.5 

Sign on door if fire alarm panel enclosed F509.1 

Provide operating, testing and maintenance instructions F907.8.3 

Fire watch required or evacuate building when system is not working F901.7 (Refer to Advisor) 

 
Fire Extinguishers 

Mount 3 to 5 feet from floor F906.7 

No obstructions or obscured from view F906.6 

Maximum travel distance 75 feet F906.3 

Service and tag annually (monthly visual only) F906.2 

 
Fire Resistive Assemblies and Construction 

Maintain fire resistive construction (fire rated walls, ceilings, fire rated columns) F703.1 

Do not obstruct fire assemblies (fire doors, windows, fire dampers) F703.2 

Maintain magnetic hold open devices and automatic door closers F703.2.2 

Fire doors shall self-close and latch automatically in place F703.2.3 

Repair damaged fire rated doors, fire dampers, linen/trash chute doors, etc. F703.2 

Sign for roll down or sliding fire doors “FIRE DOOR - DO NOT BLOCK” F703.2.1 

Inspection, maintenance, annual testing required all fire rated doors, windows and assemblies 
F703.4 

  

Fire Sprinkler Systems 


Sign on door if fire sprinkler riser enclosed F 509.1 

5 Year Cert tag on riser F 901.6.1 

Sprinkler heads: painted, corroded, damaged, improperly installed F 901.6 

Spare sprinkler box: wrench, sprinkler heads missing, sign/label F 901.6 

Standpipes: caps, shutoff valve, damaged, corroded F 901.6 

Tested/maintained at all times in operative condition F 901.6.1 

Riser: calc card, gauges broken/unreadable, bracing detached/corroded, flow switch, tamper 
switch, J box covers missing F 901.6 

Provide access to fire protection equipment F 509.2 

No attachments on sprinkler piping F 901.4.1 

Coverage required in every room F 901.4 

Fire watch required or evacuate building when system is not working F 901.7 (Refer to 
Advisor) 

 

 

Kitchen 

extinguisher required within 30 feet of kitchens with fire suppression hood systems 
F904.11.5 

Service and tag hood suppression system (every 6 months) F904.11 

Hood system - excessive grease on fusible link and hood area F901.4.1 

 

 Means of Egress 

 

Protruding objects shall not reduce the clear width of accessible routes F1003.3.4 

Floor surface slip resistant surface and securely attached F1003.4 

Remove obstructions including storage from path of egress F1003.6 

Provide/maintain emergency exit lighting F1006.3 

Illuminated when building is occupied F1006.1 

36” minimum aisle width F1017.2 

No combustible material storage in exits or in exit enclosures (stairwells) F315.2.2 

Dead end hallway/corridor travel distance not to exceed 20’ where more than one exit is 
required F1018.4 


Mechanical/HVAC Rooms 

 
Sign required: mechanical HVAC, fan, and elevator rooms F509.1 

Fire extinguisher required F906.3 

Patch holes in walls/ceilings F703.1 

No combustible material storage F315.2.3 

 Stairway Floor ID Signs 

 
Buildings over 3 stories: Sign at each landing, 5’ above floor, readily visible, 1¼” stroke letters 

F1022.8 

 
Storage (inside) 

 
Reduce storage 2’ from ceiling unsprinklered building, 18” sprinklered building F315.2.1 

Storage of combustible materials inside shall be orderly and separated from ignition sources 
F315.2 

No storage under stairs, exits or exit enclosures F315.2.2