A fire safety plan is a complex document, often required by law, that describes the procedures for preparedness and response to fire emergencies. A well-written plan protects building occupants and business stakeholders by increasing safety and reducing liability.
High-rise buildings, restaurants, hospitals, arenas, warehouses, and almost all buildings with fire alarm systems require fire safety plans by law across Canada. Call us and we can tell you if your fire code requires a Fire Safety Plan!
We have created fire safety plans for businesses large and small, including: high-rises, hotels, secure government buildings, hospitals, airports, arenas, and warehouses.
Our plans are designed by certified fire inspectors and retired fire fighters.
Requirements under the law vary by building, occupancy, safety systems, city, province, and fire code in effect. Our plans satisfy all of the varying requirements from the fire code that apply without being fluffed up with unnecessary and confusing content.
We have experience in jurisdictions all across Canada, including federal requirements for government facilities.
Our fire safety plans include:
The Fire Code requires that a Fire Safety Plan be created and implemented in the following occupancies:
The building owner or his agent is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive fire safety plan. He/she must also ensure that all supervisory staff are properly trained and that all fire protection systems and equipment are maintained, inspected and tested in accordance with the Fire Code.
A fire safety plan is prepared for a number of reasons:
The minimum requirements of a fire safety plan include emergency procedures to be used in case of a fire and other details such as floorplans, maintenance schedules, etc:
The fire safety plan created and implemented in this occupancy is intended to be a dynamic document. It must be changed and updated on a regular basis to improve proper staff response and to reflect changes in staffing levels, area use, expansion etc.
The Fire Code requires a review of the fire safety plan at least once a year if there has been no change in the building. The code requires the fire safety plan be updated immediately when a change occurs.
Supervisory staff must be trained in the fire emergency procedures described in the fire safety plan. The Fire Code also states that the adequately trained supervisory staff can be of great value in directing people to move in an orderly fashion in the event of fire and in carrying out appropriate fire control measures.
A Fire Department Pre-Incident Plan is defined by the National Fire Protection Association (N.F.P.A.) 1620 as an evaluation of the fire protection systems, building construction, contents and operating procedures that can have an impact on fire department emergency operations.
It also states that a pre-plan is not a fire inspection that evaluates fire code compliance.
Information about the construction of the building; the occupant
characteristics; the life safety protection systems; the capability of responding personnel; will additional resources be required; the condition of the water supply and exposure factors in the event of a fire, spill or leak.
An evaluation must be make regarding the physical elements and site considerations; occupant considerations; fire protection systems and water supply; special hazards; emergency operation considerations and the special or unusual characteristics of the occupancy.
Develop the pre-incident plan, test it and maintain the plan for easy retrieval.
Pre-incident planning will help safeguard firefighters on the fire ground by permitting a knowledge based planned approach to the incident.
To gather the pre-incident planning information fire departments must tour the facility and identify every criterion during the tour and record the information required and review the fire safety plan.
Fire departments can retrieve critical information from the fire safety plan!
Much of the information relating to construction, life safety systems and the on site emergency organization is contained in a fire safety plan such as site plans, floor plans; the location of life safety systems, controlling valves & shutoffs and exiting.
What vital information can fire safety plans provide for fire departments to create a pre-incident plan!
Fire safety plans are a valuable information resource to any fire department.