Fire Code Rules and Regulations
Rules and Regulations that Must be Complied With
Retrofit is legislation contained in the Ontario Fire Code is designed to bring existing buildings up to a reasonable level of life safety.
Two Unit Residential Occupancies. Covers basement apartments, second suites and duplexes.
Low Rise Residential Occupancies. Covers small apartment buildings.
The Code clearly states under Part 1 that the Owner is responsible to carry out the provisions of the Code.
“Penalties from non-compliance range from up to $25,000 for individuals and to $50,000 for corporations or one year in prison or both.”
What are the Requirements of the Ontario Fire Code?
In general, the regulation looks at five areas of fire safety:
- Containment - Contain fires within units and from other areas.
- Means of Escape - Require two exits per floor though variations may apply.
- Alarms - Smoke alarms, require a minimum of one per floor. Carbon monoxide alarms, require a minimum of one per unit.
- Fire Suppression - Require one fire extinguisher per floor with sprinklers optional.
- Electrical Safety Compliance - Two unit buildings shall be subject to inspection by the Electrical Safety Authority.
Properties which need to comply
Two Unit Dwellings
- Detached, semi-detached and duplex containing two dwelling units.
- Detached and semi-detached house with more than two dwelling units.
- Three units or more.
- Three units above commercial store