In the event of a fire, a practiced predictable response can ensure the safety of a building’s occupants. To ensure that both supervisory staff and occupants know what to do and how to react in the event of a fire emergency, Fire Code requires that most buildings must have a Fire Safety Plan in place.
Flashpoint Fire Safety works with building owners and property managers to create an effective Fire Safety Plan. We develop plans that give clear direction on the actions to be taken by supervisory staff, and the safe evacuation of occupants.
We have prepared Fire Safety Plans for a variety of occupancies, including Commercial and Residential low and high-rise buildings, Vulnerable Occupancies such as Hospitals and Long-term Healthcare Facilities, Group Homes, Police Stations with detention quarters, also Schools, Theatres, Restaurants and Bars, Sports Complexes and Stadiums, Curling Rinks, Country Clubs, and Industrial facilities.
Buildings Requiring Fire Safety Plans
The Ontario Fire Code (Section 2.8 – Emergency Planning) requires a fire safety plan to be prepared for:
- Group A (assembly) occupancies;
- Group B (care, care and treatment and detection) occupancies;
- Group C (residential) occupancies (occupant load exceeding 10);
- Retirement homes;
- Group D & E (business, personal service and mercantile) occupancies (occupant load exceeding 300);
- Group F – Division 1 (high hazard industrial) occupancies (occupant load exceeding 25);
- Group F – Division 2 (medium hazard industrial) occupancies (occupant load exceeding 100);
- Group F – Division 3 (low hazard industrial occupancies (occupant load exceeding 300);
- Buildings containing 4 or more storeys (including below grade);
- Outdoor tire storage yards;
- Buildings containing flammable and combustible liquids exceeding 500 L or 250 L of Class I liquids;
- Laboratories where flammable or combustible liquids are used or handled;
- Boarding, lodging or rooming houses (regulated by section 9.3);
- Buildings used as a convalescent home or children’s custodial home providing sleeping accommodations for more than 3 persons;
- Recreational camps.
Fire Safety Plan Contents
All Fire Safety Plans are required to include the following information:
- A description of the building including all life safety equipment and features;
- Supervisory staff contact list and description of duties (including appointment, organization and instructions);
- Emergency procedures to be used in the event of a fire;
- Procedures for holding fire drills;
- Control of fire hazards in the building;
- Maintenance Requirements of the buildings fire protection and life safety systems;
- Alternative measures for the shut down of fire protection equipment;
- Spill procedures (where applicable);
- Schematic diagrams depicting fire protection equipment locations.
Fire Safety Plan Approval Process
The Fire Safety Plan is will be submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (municipal Fire Department) for review or approval.
Plans are required to be kept in a location approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (Fire Department). Fire safety plans are stored in a location readily accessible to the Fire Department (i.e. at or near main annunciator panel or CACF room). An additional copy should always be stored in an alternate location. Your municipality may require the installation of Fire Safety Plan box.