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Information for Building Owners + Operators

Ontario’s Fire Code requires every owner or operator of any occupancy that is regulated by Section 2.8, Emergency Planning, of the Ontario Fire Code to prepare and implement a fire safety plan that has been approved by the Chief Fire Official. The owners/operators of these occupancies must appoint, organize and instruct designated supervisory staff to carry out the necessary fire safety duties. There must also be sufficient supervisory staff available to perform these duties.

Upon request, the Arnprior Fire Department will provide guidelines intended to assist in building the foundation for developing a fire safety plan. These guidelines identify a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when establishing protocols for the purposes of moving occupants to a point of safety during a fire emergency.

This material is made available to assist owners and operators with fulfilling their legal obligations as set out in the Ontario Fire Code and to minimize the risk to residents, staff and all occupants due to fire. The Arnprior Fire Department strongly recommends that owners and operators consider these documents and take the necessary steps to fulfill their legal obligation.

Owners/operators who need assistance to fulfill their legal obligations relating to Fire Safety Planning are encouraged to engage the services of a fire protection consultant.

The Arnprior Fire Department thanks the owners/operators for their attention to these very significant fire safety matters. Should you have any questions about any of this material, please contact the Fire Prevention Office of the Arnprior Fire Department.

Important fire safety information for Owners, Operators, Staff and Clients of Care Occupancies such as Care and Treatment Occupancies, Retirement Homes and Group Homes

Requirements for Building Owners

Q. What does it mean to be a building owner? A. The Ontario Fire Code O. Reg 213/07 as amended states.

  • Owner means 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.
  • Unless otherwise specified, the owner is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the Ontario Fire Code.

Major Occupancy Classification –  2006 Ontario Building Code

Assembly Occupancy

Assembly occupancy means the occupancy or the use of a building or part of a building by a gathering of persons for civic, political, travel, religious, social, educational, recreational or similar purposes or for the consumption of food or drink. (A1, A2, A3, A4)

Care or Detention Occupancy

Care or detention occupancy means the occupancy or use of a building or part of a building by persons who,

  • are dependent on others to release security devices to permit egress,
  • receive special care and treatment, or
  • receive supervisory care.

Care and treatment occupancy (Group B, Division 2) means an occupancy in which persons receive special care and treatment.

Care occupancy (Group B, Division 3) means an occupancy in which persons receive special or supervisory care because of cognitive or physical limitations, but does not include a dwelling unit.

Residential Occupancy

Residential occupancy means the occupancy or use of a building or part of a building by persons for whom sleeping accommodation is provided but who are not harboured or detained there to receive medical care or treatment or who are not involuntarily detained there.

Business and Personal Services Occupancy

Business and personal services occupancy means the occupancy or use of a building or part of a building for the transaction of business or the provision of professional or personal services.

Mercantile Occupancy

Mercantile occupancy means the occupancy or use of a building or part of a building for the displaying or selling of retail goods, wares or merchandise

Industrial Occupancy

Industrial occupancy means the occupancy or use of a building or part of a building for the assembling, fabricating, manufacturing, processing, repairing or storing of goods or materials.

Group Division Description of Major Occupancies
A 1 Assembly occupancies intended for the production and viewing of the performing arts
A 2 Assembly occupancies not elsewhere classified in Group A
A 3 Assembly occupancies of the arena type
A 4 Assembly occupancies in which occupants are gathered in the open air
B 1 Detention occupancies
B 2 Care and treatment occupancies
B 3 Care occupancies
C Residential occupancies
D Business and personal services occupancies
E Mercantile occupancies
F 1 High hazard industrial occupancies
F 2 Medium hazard industrial occupancies
F 3 Low hazard industrial occupancies

Smoke Alarm Maintenance for Tenants

The Ontario Fire Code requires that every place of residence have smoke alarms installed and kept in working condition. Smoke alarms are very important for the safety of you and your neighbours by giving early warning of fire. Your landlord is responsible for installing smoke alarms and keeping them in working condition, including testing, repairs and replacement as necessary. Your landlord must also act to correct any problem or concern you report about the operation of your smoke alarm.

Your residence has been provided with a smoke alarm(s) that is battery operated or hardwired.

A summary of the main features and the operation of the smoke alarm has been prepared by the landlord and is attached.

For your protection, you are encouraged to take part in ensuring that the smoke alarms are operational and to co-operate with the landlord in carrying out the necessary testing and maintenance.

Here are some steps that you can take:

  • Notify the landlord when the low battery signal is activated (on battery operated smoke alarms only) and make arrangements for replacement of the battery.
  • Notify the landlord if the “power on” indicator goes out (on electrically wired smoke alarms only) and arrange for appropriate repairs.
  • Notify the landlord if the smoke alarm is damaged and make arrangements for the repair or replacement of the unit.
  • When you have been absent for seven or more days (such as vacation), arrange for the smoke alarms to be tested by the landlord to ensure that the smoke alarms are operable (on battery operated smoke alarms only).
  • Notify the landlord of any electrical problems that may affect the operability of electrically wired smoke alarms.
  • Contact your local fire department if you have serious concerns about the operability of your smoke alarm or any other fire safety matters in your building.

The Fire Code specifies that “no person shall intentionally disable a smoke alarm so as to make it inoperable”. A tenant or any other person who intentionally disables a smoke alarm is guilty of a provincial offence and may be subject to a fine.

Safety Tips for Your Buildings Occupants

Ensure Fire Department Access to Your Building

In the event of a fire emergency it is important for the Fire Department to be able to access your building quickly and effectively. By installing a “Supra” lockbox the Fire Department will be able to access your building without causing damage in the event there is no key holder present. The lockbox is a secure and affordable solution for any building where 24 access may be a concern for fire department first responders.

Contact Valley Lock and Security at (613) 623 8213 to find out more about a Supra lockbox keyed for the Arnprior Fire Department.

Download the Building Registration Form.

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