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February 2017 Bulletin 215

Posted by Firepoint on 2017-02-16 13:21:19 EST

Fire Safety Awareness

Building management and the elected floor wardens play a critical role in ensuring the safety of all building occupants during an evacuation of the premises. It is equally important to confirm that the emergency procedures are prominently posted on each floor throughout the building, as is verifying that the fire safety plan (FSP) is in its designated location and readily available to the first responders.

The fire safety plan is to contain a list of all occupants requiring assistance and their locations in the building: therefore, maintaining a current list is vital. In the event of a fire emergency, the disabled or sensory-impaired occupants are assisted in their escape from the building, and the FSP describes the correct procedures to cope with this eventuality. Adequate records are to be kept with the FSP of all personnel safety training events and fire drills.

The building operator or designate must determine if the FSP is being implemented properly, and whether the on-site maintenance coordinators understand their role and responsibilities for fire safety and significantly reducing losses. An intensive inspection by the building operator of an entire building is necessary to confirm the buildings fire safety features are being maintained adequately and that all aspects of the FSP are implemented for the building. Fire safety planning is a key component of every fire safety program. The building owner and/or their elected property management team are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the FSP is fully implemented in addition to being reviewed at intervals of no greater than 12 months. The purpose of this mandatory requirement is to ensure that the FSP continues to accurately reflect the current building layout, fire protection safety equipment and the list of the emergency contacts in the building.

If there are structural modifications to the building, including retrofits to fire safety systems, or if there is a change in building ownership, it is necessary to communicate with city officials in writing. In cases where major permanent changes have taken place, city officials may subsequently request that the FSP be re-submitted for review and re-acceptance. Depending on the changes made to a fire safety plan over time, aging plans will usually undergo a more in-depth evaluation which requires their entire contents to be upgraded as per current guidelines. These updates could warrant a re-examination by the city officials.

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