Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OFM - 04-45-12

Fire Prevention Policy

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 04-45-12


Fire Prevention and Public Education


August 1998


Fire Prevention Policy


Under Review


To identify essential considerations for the development of a municipal fire prevention policy.

Service Delivery Implications:

  • Fire prevention includes public fire safety education.
    Fire prevention is an integral part of overall fire protection.
    2(1) Fire Protection and Prevention Act
    Every municipality shall,
    (a) establish a program in the municipality which must include public education with respect to fire safety and certain components of fire prevention
  • the fire department establishing and regulating by-law provides direction from council and sets out the principal fire prevention responsibilities
  • specific policy should be developed to establish:
  • level of service
  • types of activities and programs
  • responsibilities of personnel

Policy Requirements:

Policy statement should reflect the following fire prevention activities:

  • inspection
  • code enforcement
  • fire and life safety education
  • fire investigation and cause determination
  • fire loss statistics
  • Fire department operational guidelines will dictate how, when and where activities will be conducted.

Quality and Performance Measures:

The policy should:

  • encourage the participation of all fire department personnel in prevention and fire and life safety education.
  • provide clear direction from council to the chief, members of the department and the public.

Related Functions/ Considerations:

The fire prevention policy should describe:

  • public fire and life safety education programs such as: Learn Not To Burn; Older & Wiser; Alarmed For Life; The Arson Prevention Program For Children; and Risk Watch.
  • inspections, code enforcement programs such as: routine inspections; home safety checks; complaint inspections; request inspections; open air burning regulation; new construction inspection; and plans examination
  • fire investigation / fire origin and cause determination - liaison with appropriate agencies

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 PFSG
01-02-01 Comprehensive Fire Safety Effectiveness Model
02-02-12 & 03 Fire Risk Assessment
02-03-01 Economic Circumstances
02-04-01 & 02-04-23 Capabilities of Existing Fire Protection Services
04-12-13 Core Services
04-39-12 Fire Prevention Effectiveness Model
04-40-12 & 04-40-03 Selection of Appropriate Fire Prevention Programs
04-41-12 Community Fire Safety Officer/Team