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This Guide was written to assist the building owner, property manager, building operator, and building maintenance personnel in maintaining their fire protection equipment in proper operating condition. The material included here is based on the Ontario Fire Code, NFPA, ULC, CSA Standards, and good operating practice. For use outside of Ontario, please refer to your Provincial Building and Fire Codes. This guide is not intended to replace any Codes, Standards or operator’s manuals.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART I: BASIC FIRE INFORMATION AND FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRE CODE

FOUR STAGES OF FIRE PROTECTION

THE FIRE TETRAHEDRON

DUE DILIGENCE

OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

QUALIFICATIONS OF SERVICE PERSONS

ALTERNATIVE MEASURES – FIREWATCH

HAZARDOUS ACTIVITIES

DON’T GIVE FIRE A PLACE TO START!

FIRE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS

VOICE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

INTERCONNECTED SMOKE ALARM SYSTEMS

EMERGENCY LIGHTING AND EMERGENCY POWER SYSTEMS

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

STANDPIPE AND HOSE SYSTEMS

PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

FIRE SEPARATIONS

FIRE SHUTTERS COMMERCIAL COOKING OPERATIONS

PART II: CHECKS, INSPECTIONS, AND TESTS

LOG BOOKS

CHECKS, INSPECTIONS, AND TESTS

DAILY CHECKS, INSPECTIONS, AND TESTS

FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCESS

FIRE ALARM AND VOICE COMMUNICATION PANELS

KEY BOX AND FIRE SAFETY PLAN BOX

MEANS OF EGRESS

FIRE SEPARATION DOORS

LINT TRAPS

SPRINKLER ROOM

WEEKLY CHECKS, INSPECTIONS, AND TESTS

EMERGENCY POWER SYSTEMS

SPRINKLER SYSTEM VALVES AND GAUGES

CONDENSATION DRAINS/DRIP DRUMS

HOODS, DUCTS AND FILTERS

COOKING OPERATIONS

MONTHLY CHECKS, INSPECTIONS, AND TESTS

EMERGENCY LIGHTING BATTERY PACKS

EMERGENCY POWER GENERATOR

VOICE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

FIRE ALARM SYSTEM

ELEVATORS

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

FIRE PUMP

FIRE HOSE CABINETS AND PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

BI-MONTHLY

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

TRI-MONTHLY

HIGH BUILDINGS

6-MONTHS

EMERGENCY POWER GENERATOR SYSTEMS

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN SYSTEMS

ANNUALS

PART III: APPENDICES

APPENDIX A

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

ONTARIO FIRE CODE SECTION 2.16

APPENDIX B

BARBEQUES ON BALCONIES

APPENDIX C

FIRE SAFETY PLANS

APPENDIX D

COOKING OPERATIONS OUTSIDE DWELLING UNITS

APPENDIX E

FIREWORKS

About the Author

Bruce Lacillade is a retired Fire Prevention Inspector with the Burlington Fire Department and a regular contributer to Firefighting in Canada. He is an affiliate member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and is a Fire Protection Specialist. Bruce also holds a BA in Social Services and a MA in Divinity. He lives in the Niagara region with his wife, daughter and two dogs.

This Guide was written to assist the building owner, property manager, building operator, and building maintenance personnel in maintaining their fire protection equipment in proper operating condition. The material included here is based on the Ontario Fire Code, NFPA, ULC, CSA Standards, and good operating practice. For use outside of Ontario, please refer to your Provincial Building and Fire Codes. This guide is not intended to replace any Codes, Standards or operator’s manuals.

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