ONTARIO REGULATION 108/18
March 22, 2018
Ontario Regulation 108/18, a regulation made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, was filed on March 19, 2018 and comes into force on July 1, 2018. This regulation amends the Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07) in regard to the checking, inspection, and testing of standpipe and hose systems.
The amendments include the following:
- enhanced requirements for the routine annual inspection of standpipe and hose systems; and
- additional hydrostatic testing requirements: hydrostatic testing on fire department pumper connections on standpipe and hose systems is now required every five years when the fire department connection is older than 30 years.
The main objectives in making these amendments are as follows:
- to strengthen safety for both the public and firefighters by ensuring that fire department pumper connections for standpipe and hose systems in buildings of all occupancy types are proactively tested to avoid failure during fires;
- to align Ontario Fire Code requirements more closely with those in the National Fire Code, which reference the standard NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; and
- to provide clarity to Fire Code provisions so that the Ontario Fire Code can be applied consistently across Ontario.
The Fire Code amendments in Ontario Regulation 108/18 are based on expert advice received from a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) led by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). The TAC was comprised of technical experts, representatives from the fire service, municipalities and other provincial government ministries, as well as representatives from stakeholder groups, e.g., associations speaking for vulnerable occupants, hospitality services, and residential building owners/operators. The OFMEM gratefully acknowledges the input and assistance of all TAC members.
In addition, in November 2017, a public consultation on proposed Fire Code changes relating to the inspection and testing of standpipe and hose systems was conducted through the Ontario Regulatory Registry. The OFMEM extends its appreciation to all who provided feedback during the public consultation period.
Enquiries regarding the new regulation should be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM; staff members can be reached by telephone at (647) 329-1100 or by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca.