Approved Fire Safety Plan Development

Since the introduction of Bill C-45, building executives and management officials with policy-making authority are legally responsible for preventing bodily harm to any persons in their buildings. Given the enormous potential liabilities, building operators and their management personnel are becoming more aware of the risks to property and occupants in their facilities.

The responsibility of building owners and their property management administrators is to implement a validated building fire safety plan in accordance with Section 2.8 of the National Fire Code to increase fire safety awareness for all occupants of a building, and to minimize the occurrence of situations that may be life-threatening.

Our well-devised fire safety plan, coupled with the training implementation requirements, will dramatically increase the speed of evacuation for the occupants. In addition, it will provide fire responders with the critical building fundamentals as they negotiate the structure during a fire emergency.


Key Fire Safety Plan Components



INTRODUCTION:
Provides an overview of the legality of having a current Fire Safety Plan for your building

DISTRIBUTION & HUMAN RESOURCES:
Listed individuals who are to be contacted in the event of a fire emergency and their titles. It also lists the persons who require assistance during a fire.

AUDIT OF BUILDING RESOURCES:
Details the major occupancy class of the building, provides a description of the layout and location of the main utility shutoffs for each building and identifies all fire and life safety equipment, including operating sequences.

OCCUPANTS FIRE PROCEDURES:
Defines the emergency evacuation procedures for all visitors, tenants and occupants for single-stage, two-stage or modified two-stage fire alarm systems. It also describes the procedures to follow upon discovery of a fire or smoke, or when hearing the fire alarm.

OCCUPANT FIRE PROCEDURE SIGNAGE:
Examples of the emergency procedure signs that are to be posted by each manual pull station elevator lobbies and all floor areas.

CONTROL OF FIRE HAZARDS:
Outlines fire safety and prevention measures, procedures and practices for occupants. It includes means to minimize potential fire hazards, disposal of combustible or flammable materials, etc.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUPERVISORY STAFF:
Outlines the responsibilities of the owner and staff members before and during an emergency. It describes emergency procedures for staff upon the discovery of smoke, fire or sounding of the fire alarm, as well as training of supervisory staff.

PERSONS REQUIRING ASSISTANCE:
Contains the form for the owner or supervisor to list occupants who require assistance during a fire emergency.

FIRE DRILLS:
Nature and frequency of fire drills in accordance with the building classification, as well as steps to be taken before and after the fire drill.

MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BUILDING FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS:
Fire Code requirements for the checking, testing and inspecting the fire and life safety systems in the building, outlining the daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual requirements for various equipment.

ALTERNATIVE MEASURES:
Describes the procedures to follow upon shutdown of any fire or life safety equipment in the building.

FIRE WATCH:
In the event of any fire alarm systems or sprinkler systems are off-line, a fire watch through the use of fire watch personnel is to be implemented immediately.

FIRE ALARM PANEL OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONS:
The general functions of the fire alarm control panel.

APPENDIX:
contains out-of-service signage and documents to be posted during shutdowns of building systems. These are to be used to notify occupants of interim alternate procedures that have been implemented.

SCHEMATIC DIAGRAMS:
Provided are floor plan layouts of your building and a site plan drawing

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