Division A

Division A

Please be advised that the Chief Fire Official has the authority to enforce the Fire Code within his or her jurisdiction. This official should be contacted prior to acting on any response to a question. Please ensure that you have reviewed the current version of the Fire Code.

 

1.2.3.1.

Q1:

What additional requirements apply to propane cylinders aside from those contained in the Fire Code?

R1:

Aside from possible requirements under Sections 3.4, 4.5 and 5.6 of Division B of the Fire Code, propane storage is also regulated under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, its associated regulations, and the Propane Code Adoption Document that adopts the CSA-B149.2-00 "Propane Storage and Handling Code" with amendments. As per the provisions in Article 1.2.3.1. of Division A of the Fire Code, should a conflict arise between these requirements and those in the Fire Code, the more stringent requirements would prevail.

1.3.1.1.

Q1:

With respect to open air burning, is all farm property exempt from Article 2.4.4.4. of Division B of the Ontario Fire Code?

R1:

No. Article 1.3.1.1. of Division A exempts buildings and premises on a farm that are used for farming purposes and not as a residence from the requirements of the Fire Code. When a farm has no residence located on the property, all of the premises and buildings used for farming purposes are exempt from the requirements set out in the Fire Code. When a residence is located on the farm, the residence and a portion of the property immediately surrounding the residence is covered by Article 2.4.4.4. of Division B. The remainder, however, is exempt. The extent of the boundary around the residence is determined on a case-by-case basis or through a municipal open air burning by-law. Article 2.4.4.4. also applies when the burning is not considered an agricultural related operation.

1.4.1.2.

Q1:

Could a vehicle, trailer or other similar transportable structure be considered a 'building' within the context of Fire Code requirements?

R1:

Yes. One should consider the following factors to determine if a vehicle, trailer or other similar transportable structure is a building within this definition: - degree of permanence . - signs of anchorage (e.g. masonry blocks); - presence and condition of wheels; - presence and currency of license plates; and - roadworthiness (i.e. is it capable of immediate transport).