Care Facilities or Retirement Homes
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) affected stakeholders that Ontario Regulation 150/13 will come into force on January 1, 2014.
Key Fire Code amendments being introduced by Ontario Regulation 150/13 include:
- revised definitions for “care occupancy” and “residential occupancy”, and a new definition for “ retirement home”;
- new requirements for an annual fire drill for an approved scenario representing the lowest staffing level complement to confirm adequacy of supervisory staff levels to carry out required duties under the approved fire safety plan; and notification to the Chief Fire Official of the fire drill;
- new requirements for mandatory automatic sprinklers for long-term care homes and large homes for special care that are care occupancies or care and treatment occupancies;
- the addition of Section 9.7, a new retrofit section for care occupancies and retirement homes, to include mandatory automatic sprinklers and fire alarm monitoring for all buildings with more than 4 persons, smoke alarms in suites, self-closing devices on suite doors, and emergency lighting;
- new qualification requirements for people responsible for implementing fire safety plans, and for Chief Fire Officials responsible for approving fire safety plans.
All licensed retirement homes and most private care facilities will have up to five years to install sprinklers. Some care and treatment facilities, including public long-term care homes, will have an 11 year phase-in period to coincide with redevelopment plans scheduled to be completed by 2025.
Although Ontario Regulation 150/13 comes into force on January 1, 2014, it is important to note that many of the retrofit requirements will be phased in and come into effect on later dates. See the Compliance schedule for details.
So how does a building owner/operator ensure compliance?
First of all a Building Audit must be prepared. This building audit will spell out the requirements and their various compliance dates. Completing a Building Audit will help an owner identify those areas of the building that comply while also identifying those areas that may be deficient and require upgrading.
For assistance with these Building Audit requirements contact
The Fire Guy Paul Schuster
905 - 884-4423
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