Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OFM - 04-40c-12

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 04-40C-12


Fire Prevention and Public Fire Safety Education


March 2001


Distribution of Public Fire Safety Education Materials


Under Review


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.

Related Functions:

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 . 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.

See also;
04-40-12 & 04-40-03 Selection of Appropriate Fire Prevention Programs
Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council