General Inspections

Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue, is mandated to respond to complaint and request inspections related to fire safety concerns by the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. (FPPA).

Fire Prevention Officers enforce violations found under the Ontario Fire Code. These violations include items such as maintenance of fire safety equipment, blocked exits, breaches in or missing fire separations, missing or broken fire doors, severe electrical problems, improperly used or stored flammable liquids or gases, unsafe accumulation of combustible materials, failure to implement a fire safety plan, not having working smoke alarms, etc.

When a violation of the Ontario Fire Code is observed by the Fire Department, it is chargeable offence at that time. It is the responsibility of the homeowner, business owner, building owner, etc. to ensure that a building is in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code at all times.

Types of Inspections

Complaint

A request for a complaint inspection can be made by any member of the community that is concerned with a Fire Code concern. Requester's information is kept strictly confidential.

Routine

Vulnerable Occupancies (Nursing homes, Retirement Homes, Group homes and Hospitals) are required to initiate routine annual inspections with the Fire Department. These routine inspections are a requirement of the Ontario Fire Code.

Request

A request for inspection can be made by any member of the community.

Adoption

Contact the Children's Aid's Society for their fire safety requirements. A full inspection of the home is required, checking for:

  • Working smoke alarms on all levels of the home. Must be less than 10 years old.
  • Working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms
  • Temporary wiring (extension cords that are used as permanent wiring)
  • Propane, flammable/combustible liquids
  • General fire hazards

Daycare

Contact your daycare agency for their Fire Safety Requirements. A full inspection of the home is required, checking for the above list.

Occupancy

Requirements of both the Fire and Building Departments will have to be met prior to receiving occupancy.

Rights of Entry

The legislation from the Fire Marshal allows for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service Fire Prevention Officers to enter a premise at any reasonable time without advance warning or an appointment. Landlords are permitted to enter tenant suites/space with 24 hours' notice to assess fire safety concerns. In emergency situations, the 24-hour notice requirement is not applicable.

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