OFM - 04-40c-12
Public Fire Safety Guidelines
Fire Prevention and Public Fire Safety Education
Distribution of Public Fire Safety Education Materials
To assist municipalities in developing smoke alarm programs required to meet the minimum requirements of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.
The loss of life and property in Ontario, due to fire, has continued to drop for several years. One of the reasons for this decrease is believed to be changes in public attitude and the public’s knowledge of fire.
All municipalities are required to develop a program for the distribution of fire safety education materials to residents based on local needs and circumstances. Local needs may be identified through a simplified risk assessment, a review of emergency response data, residential surveys and fire service experience.
Fire safety education material may be distributed to residents and/or occupants consistent with the community’s needs and circumstances by any combination of the following activities:
- distribution of pamphlets or other education material
- public service announcements utilizing available media
- instruction to residents/occupants on approved fire safety plans and related fire safety matters
- presentations to resident groups such as Risk Watch, TAPP-C and Older and Wiser
- presentations, displays and attendance at public events
Fire safety education material addresses such issues as preventing fire occurrence, the value of smoke alarms, planning escape from fire, and being prepared to deal with a fire incident. The OFM Regional Office can provide assistance with fire safety education material for the public.
Fire safety education material may also be found on the OFM website.
Codes, Standards, and Best Practices:
Codes, Standards and Best Practices resources available to assist in establishing local policy on this assessment are listed below. All are available at http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/ . Please feel free to copy and distribute this document. We ask that the document not be altered in any way, that the Office of the Fire Marshal be credited and that the documents be used for non-commercial purposes only.