Fire - Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention

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Fire Prevention within the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is achieved through a number of different practices which ensures the overall fire safety of residents of the Town, together with the many visitors who travel here each year.  Fire prevention is implemented through:
-  Fire investigations to determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions
-  Examination of site plans and building plans
-  Fire safety inspections
-  Public education
All of the above contribute to the overall fire safety in our community.

 
FIRE CODE ENFORCEMENT
 
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the enforcement of the Ontario Fire Code and its regulations.  While it is the responsibility of a property owner to ensure that applicable regulations and statutes are complied with, the Fire Prevention Division conducts regular routine inspections to ensure properties meet the minimum standards of fire and life safety.  Failure to comply with these regulations is a chargeable offence under the Provincial Offences Act, and can be subject to penalties as outlined in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
 
FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS
 
Fire Safety Inspections are conducted one of three ways; a routine inspection, a request inspection or a complaint inspection.
The Fire Prevention Division conducts routine inspections on a number of properties including commercial, industrial, institutional and short-term rental properties.  Based on the Town's risk assessment and a review of the Town's building stock, the Prevention Division has implemented an inspection program with the intention of inspecting all non-residential properties to ensure our community is fire safe.
 
Routine Inspection Educate requirements to remain fire safe.
Request Inspection: Owners requesting a fire safety inspection are to write into to the Fire Prevention Office or contact them by e-mail.  The address of the property, the owner's information and a reason for the request must be provided.  Please be aware that there is a fee for this service, and the cost can be found within the Fee Schedule.
If a member of the public has reason to believe that
Complaint Inspection A property within the Town does not comply with the Ontario Fire Code or believes there are fire hazards on or within a property, they may file a complaint with the Fire Prevention Division.

Student Accommodation Fire Safety Information 
Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency is proud to have supported and be a part of Niagara College, Brock University, the Niagara Regional Fire Chiefs Association and the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association, Niagara Chapter with the Knowfire fire and safety awareness program for young adults who are venturing out into the world on their own for the first time. For more information on this program please click on the Know Fire Tab above.