The goal of the Quinte West Fire Prevention Office is to protect people, facilities, and the community from the adverse effects of fire. This is achieved through fire prevention, public education, fire cause determination, and Fire Code enforcement.
- Conduct all types of fire safety inspections
- Enforce the Ontario Fire Code and other applicable regulations
- Conduct public education programs and fire safety lectures
- Provide TAPP-C education to juveniles
- Conduct plan review services (i.e. Ontario Building Code)
- Educate the public on fire safety
- Enforce Provincial smoke alarm initiative
- Fire investigations
- Provide public service announcements for specific hazards and concerns
Home Safety Checklist
We recommend that you use this handy Home Fire Safety Checklist to inspect your home for fire hazards and help you to reduce the risk of fire in your home.
Fire Safety Plan
A Fire Safety Plan shall be prepared, approved and implemented in buildings regulated by Division B, Article 220.127.116.11. of the Ontario Fire Code (OFC).
We are pleased to provide templates you can use to prepare a Fire Safety Plan for your facility. One template is for buildings with no alarm system and the other is for buildings with an alarm system. Instructions to help you complete the Fire Safety Plan have also been provided.
Templates (in MS Word format):
The Quinte West Fire Prevention Office is currently contacting various occupancies to update their Fire Safety Plans (FSP). Please contact the Quinte West Fire Department for further assistance at 613-392-6557 should you require any additonal information.
Fire Prevention Information
Remember "P-A-S-S" when fighting a fire! (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep)
- PULL out the locking pin, breaking the seal. Some extinguishers may use a different release device. Please refer to your operator's manual.
- AIM the nozzle horn (or hose) at the base of the fire about 3 metres (10 feet) from the fire.
- SQUEEZE the trigger handle all the way, releasing the extinguishing agent.
- SWEEP the material discharged by the extinguisher from side to side, moving front to back, across the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Keep your eyes on fire area. Repeat the process if the fire starts up again. Never turn your back on a fire even if you think it is out.
Most extinguishers will operate according to the PASS method. Some extinguishers may not. Read your operator's manual for specific directions. Remember to recharge the extinguisher immediately after use.
Fire Safety Maintenance and Emergency Planning Regulations
Fire Safety on your Farm
Click here for a farm fire safety checklist which was designed to assist farmers and others involved in agri-business to reduce the risk of fire occurring on their properties. It will also ensure everyone knows what to do in case of fire.
Fire Safety for Children
Fire Safety for Teens
The site knowfire.ca is a cooperative project to educate teenagers about fire safety.
Consumer fireworks are low-hazard fireworks articles designed for recreational use by the public. These articles include items such as roman candles, sparklers, fountains, wheels, volcanos, mines, and snakes.
Mobile Food Service Vehicles
Refreshment Vehicle (Chip Wagon) Regulations
The use of portable heaters is a practice that is not encouraged by the Quinte West Fire Department due to well documented fire safety hazards in the Province of Ontario. If the heaters are an absolute necessity owners should adopt a policy to ensure they do not create a fire hazard. The policy should be posted in the building and must address the following:
- Have built in tip-over and overheat protection.
- Be labeled with a Canadian safety certification.
- Located at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles.
- Plugged directly into an outlet. Do not use extension cords.
- Inspected and cleaned heaters regularly.
- Be shut off and unplugged when left unattended.
- Located away from water and out of damp locations.
- Maintained in original manufactured condition (i.e. protective screens in place / damaged units replaced).
- Be electrically powered. Fuel fired appliances are not permitted.
Residential Wood Heating and Wood Stove Safety
Everything you ever wanted to know about smoke alarms!
Organizations and Programs
The Electrical Safety Authority is responsible for enforcing a level of public electrical safety across Ontario that will keep the residents safe where they live, work and play.
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
The Fire Protection and Prevention Act enables municipalities to provide all Ontarians with the best possible level of protection from fire, in the most efficient manner. The Ontario Fire Code is a regulation under the FPPA
The national voice of fire prevention and education in Canada.
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
This site provides resources from the Building and Development Branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, which administers the Ontario Building Code.
The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is a branch of the Community Safety division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C) is a program that brings together fire service professionals and counseling professionals to help families deal effectively with children and teens involved in fire play. The TAPP-C is freee of charge and is available to children from 2-17 years of age (Service is also offer in French in Quinte West only)
TSSA is a not-for-profit, self-funded "delegated administrative authority that administers and enforces public safety laws in various sectors under Ontario's Technical Standards and Safety Act. These sectors include amusement devices, boiler and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating engineers, ski lifts, upholstered and stuffed articles, and mechanic and technician certification.
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization. We've tested products for public safety for more than 80 years and are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, under the National Standards System.
Do you require a basic visual inspection such as for insurance or pre-purchase of a home equipped with a wood burning appliance or fireplace? If this description fits your needs, any WETT certified member is trained to perform a basic visual inspection.