According to Statistic Canada, we have over 40,000 fires in Canada every year. Over 35,000 of these are structural fires. Tens of lives are lost due to these tragic fire incidents. Is there a way to prevent these incidents from taken innocent lives? Yes, there is. If you are ready for it, you will be alive and most likely get away with the least damage possible to your property.
The fire safety plans for residential houses are not complex, and they are straight forward. As a resident of a house, you could train yourself on some critical issues to mitigate or even prevent fire at your home. The followings would be some of the basic points that you could consider:
- Evacuation Plan
- Knowledge of hazardous materials
- Knowledge of possible fire risks.
- Having smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinkler system, etc.
- Inspection and proper maintenance of fire protection equipment.
- Having fire doors, firewalls, etc.
The fire safety plans for commercial, industrial and multi-dwelling units, are more complex, which requires local fire department review and approval. Every municipality has its requirement for a fire safety plan. The planner must follow the local requirements for preparing fire safety plans. Otis Fire Protection has fire safety planners that have been developing plans throughout the Lower Mainland and other provinces for decades.
Fire Safety Plans consist of 2 documents. One is the plan itself, which we call it “the menu.” The second document is the pre-incident plan. Pre-incident plans are prepared solely for fire departments and submitted along with the fire safety plan to the local fire department. A pre-incident plan has crucial information regarding a property. Firefighters will know some of the critical information regarding a property before attending for a fire emergency. The followings are some of the information that the pre-incident plan has.
- Layout of a building and surrounding areas.
- Fire department access
- Fire Alarm Panel.
- Fire hydrants.
- Sprinkler system valves.
- Water Shutoff.
- Gas Shutoff.
- Roof access.
- Electrical panel. Main shut off, etc.
Fire Safety Plan Menu
It is a comprehensive binder that has all the information related to fire safety of a property, its occupants and the first responders. Some of the significant parts of a plan are as follows:
- Fire department information
- Objectives of the fire safety plan
- Supervisory Staff
- Instruction to occupants
- Inspection, testing, repair, and maintenance of fire protection equipment
- Checklists & Inspection, testing, and maintenance report
- Legal basis for fire safety
- Definitions and fire protection terms
Fire safety plans are required to be updated after a certain period or alteration in a property that could require changes in the fire safety plan.
Please contact us for details on fire safety plans.