Fire Safety Planning
The Ontario Fire Code (OFC), Division B, Section 2.8 requires the establishment and implementation of a Fire Safety Plan for buildings regulated by Div. B, 18.104.22.168. of the Ontario Fire Code.
Ontario Fire Code - Div. B, 22.214.171.124.(1)
The requirements of this Section shall apply to buildings containing:
- assembly occupancy or care or detention occupancy,
- residential occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 10,
- business and personal services occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300,
- mercantile occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300,
- high hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 25,
- medium hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 100, or
- low hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300. assembly occupancy or care or detention occupancy,
A Fire Safety Plan is designed to provide the occupant safety in the event of fire, to provide effective utilization of the fire safety features of the building and to minimize the possibility of fires. The plan discusses what occupants are to do in the event of fire, fire safety, supervisory staff and related duties and other related issues.
In order for this plan to be effective, management must know the plan and be able to implement it in the event of fire. The Fire Code requires the owner to be responsible for carrying out the provisions for fire safety, and defines “owner” as “any person, firm or corporation having control over any portion of the building or property under consideration and includes the persons in the building or property”. Consequently, the owner may be any one of or a combination of parties, including building management, maintenance staff, tenant groups, etc.
If you are an owner as described in the above paragraph of any building that falls within the scope of Div. B, 126.96.36.199.(1) of the OFC, it is your responsibility to ensure that the building has an approved Fire Safety Plan. A plan is only approved when the Chief Fire Official has reviewed the plan and given his/her approval that it meets all the requirements of Div. B, Section 2.8 of the OFC.
There are a couple of different options to developing a Fire Safety Plan. There are a number of companies that will come out to your building and develop a Fire Safety Plan for a fee. If this option is not feasible, then you may elect to develop the Fire Safety Plan by yourself. The Kingsville Fire Department has developed a Fire Safety Plan template to make this process easier for you.
Regardless of how the plan is developed, it must be submitted to our Administrative Office so that it can be reviewed by the Chief Fire Official. Once the plan is reviewed it will either be approved or sent back to you with a letter stating the changes that need to be completed in order to receive the approval of the Chief Fire Official.
Go to the bottom of this page and click on the Fire Safety Plan template that you wish to download. Please keep in mind that the General Fire Safety Plan is a generic plan and is designed to encompass many different types of occupancies, so there may be certain sections of the plan that will not apply to you. If your occupancy is very complex, you may need to add additional information that is not contained in this plan. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the required information is contained in the plan and that the information is accurate. Our Fire Safety Plan templates are in a form format and can be locked in order to use the drop down menus, form fields, etc. If you wish to edit the form you may do so by going to “view” at the top tool bar and selecting “toolbars” then “forms”. A “forms” tool bar will pop up and at the end of the tool bar will be a lock icon. Click on the lock to un-lock the form for editing. Remember to lock the form again to enter information into the form fields
- The Fire Safety Plan must be submitted to the Kingsville Fire Department for approval by the Chief Fire Official.
- The Fire Safety Plan shall be kept in the building in an approved location.
- A copy of the fire emergency procedures and other duties for supervisory staff as laid down in the Fire Safety Plan shall be given to all supervisory staff if applicable.
- At least one copy of the fire emergency procedures shall be prominently posted and maintained on each floor area.
- Provide tenants with appropriate sections of the Fire Safety Plan for their safety.
Ontario Fire Code - Div. B, 188.8.131.52.(1)
A fire safety plan shall include:
- the emergency procedures to be used in case of fire, including
- sounding the fire alarm,
- notifying the fire department,
- instructing occupants on procedures to be followed when the fire alarm sounds,
- evacuating occupants, including special provisions for persons requiring assistance,
- the procedure for use of elevators, and
- confining, controlling and extinguishing the fire,
- the appointment and organization of designated supervisory staff to carry out fire safety duties,
- the training of supervisory staff and instruction of other occupants in their responsibilities for fire safety,
- documents, including diagrams, showing the type, location and operation of the building fire emergency systems,
- the holding of fire drills,
- the control of fire hazards in the building,
- the maintenance of building facilities provided for the safety of occupants, and
- the provision of alternative measures for the safety of occupants during any shutdown of fire protection equipment and systems or part thereof.