Most Frequently asked questions
Commonly Asked Questions
FAQ for Fire Safety Plans
· What is a Fire Safety Plan?
· I received an Inspection Order from a Fire Inspector, now what?
· Do I need a Fire Safety Plan for my building?
· May I complete a fire safety plan myself?
· What are the main steps in the process?
· Does every plan have to be approved?
· Where should I keep my fire safety plan?
· Where can I get a fire safety plan box?
· Which fire departments charge fees for fire safety plan approval?
What is a Fire Safety Plan?
A Fire Safety Plan is a document required by Section 2.8 of the Ontario Fire Code, designed by the building owner or retained specialist, to identify the actions that should be taken by the occupants and building management in the event of a fire or similar emergency situation.
Do I need a Fire Safety Plan for my building?
It is required by law to have a Fire Safety Plan (FSP) for buildings which are listed in Section 2.8 of the Ontario Fire Code. These include:
an assembly occupancy,
a care occupancy,
a care and treatment occupancy,
a detention occupancy,
a residential occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 10,
a retirement home,
a business and personal services occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300,
a mercantile occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300,
a high hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 25,
a medium hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 100, or
a low hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300.
FSPs are also required for all buildings and premises containing 4 storeys or more, including storeys below grade. So, if you have a 3 storey building plus a basement, you need a Fire Safety Plan
May I prepare a fire safety plan myself?
A fire safety plan can be prepared by everyone with knowledge of the building and its fire safety systems and equipment installed within. The person also needs to be familiar with a drawing software to prepare floor plans of the building. In most cases, most building owners or occupants simply don’t have the expertise and waste time and money trying to do it themselves.
If "time is money" for you, I would not recommend you to spend time preparing your plan. I've met people who spend several days preparing their plans and they were still not acceptable for a fire inspector.
What are the main steps?
If you need a fire safety plan, just call, or email us the building's address. I will ask you a few simple questions and you will get your quote the same day!
If we need additional information, we will contact you. These will include copies of AutoCAD drawings for the building or PDF files.
After your acceptance of the quotation, we will make an appointment for a site visit.
Our visit in a building takes from 1 to 4 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the building,
After the site visit, we prepare the fire safety plan in our office and we submit it to the fire department who has the authority in the building's jurisdiction.
Some fire departments charge an additional fee for fire safety plans' review and approval (e.g. Toronto, Brampton, Waterloo, Guelph, Niagara Falls),
After some time (depending on a fire inspector's workload), the fire inspector will contact you to visit the building and check if the submitted fire safety plan properly reflects the building's floor layouts, occupancy, and fire protection systems installed in the facility (it is not a regular fire inspection - it is only regarding the plan),
If the fire inspector will have any comments or need any corrections, we will correct the plan and will be in touch with him/her, until the approval,
Once the plan is approved, we will deliver you the plan (pdf copy or pdf and a hard copy, if needed) and give you instructions regarding the implementation of the plan,
One hard copy of the approved plan shall be kept in the fire safety plan box in the vicinity of the main entrance to the building, together with keys for fire department to enter the building and main service rooms.
Does every plan have to be approved?
Every plan for a building listed in Section 2.8 of the Ontario Fire Code must be approved by a Chief Fire Official having jurisdiction in the building's area. It means that the prepared draft of the fire safety plan should be submitted to the fire department for review and approval. A fire inspector will check if the plan is prepared in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code, and will also visit your building to check if all the included information is correct. Sometimes the approval process could take even several months, depending on the work load of the assigned fire inspector.
Where should I keep my fire safety plan?
After approval, the fire safety plan should be kept in a fire safety plan box, installed in the vicinity of the main entrance to the building.
FIRE SAFETY BOXES.
Where can I get a fire safety plan box? I will provide a Fire Safety Plan Box delivered to you as part of the quote if you need one.
Which fire departments charge fees for FSP approval?
Now, the following fire departments charge fees for fire safety plans' review and approval:
Brampton $120 if the FSP is not required by the Ontario Fire Code
Niagara Falls $50
Vaughan $144.64 (for the second submission)
Mississauga min. $196.38 if the FSP is not required by the Ontario Fire Code
The prices and cities charging fees are subject to change and are additional to the quote for the Fire Safety Plan