We are pleased to offer station tours, vehicle displays, inspections, extinguisher training and fire safety presentations.
To schedule an event or for general fire prevention questions please email our Fire Prevention Officer, or contact by phone at (613) 258-9569 ext. 205.
The most common fire hazards are:
- Alcohol and fire
- Electrical fire safety
- Matches and lighters
- Smoking safety
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Have a Home Fire Escape Plan - download one here!
Here's what you need to know:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
- More about installation and maintenance of home smoke alarms.
For more information about smoke alarms, see the National Fire Protection Association's Public Education page here.
Reproduced from NFPA’s website, www.nfpa.org/publiceducation. © NFPA.
Although the popularity of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms has been growing in recent years, it cannot be assumed that everyone is familiar with the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
- The dangers of CO exposure depend on a number of variables, including the victim's health and activity level. Infants, pregnant women, and people with physical conditions that limit their body's ability to use oxygen (i.e. emphysema, asthma, heart disease) can be more severely affected by lower concentrations of CO than healthy adults would be.
- A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.
- In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour. The number of incidents increased 96 % from 40,900 incidents reported in 2003. This increase is most likely due to the increased use of CO detectors, which alert people to the presence of CO.
Download a carbon monoxide safety tip sheet. For more information about carbon monoxide safety, see the National Fire Protection Association's Public Education page here.
Reproduced from NFPA’s website, www.nfpa.org/publiceducation. © NFPA.
Fire Extinguishers FAQ
The Ontario Fire Code has specific requirements for the installation of portable fire extinguishers in most buildings, including vacant buildings, with the exception of single family homes.
How many do I require?
The number will vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the building, number of floors, the use of the building and other factors.
What do the A, B, and C, as well as the numbers, mean on portable fire extinguishers?
The letters indicate the type of fire for which the extinguisher is designed to be used. An 'A' extinguisher can be used on normal combustibles such as paper, wood and cardboard, etc. A 'B' extinguisher is for flammable liquids, such as grease or gasoline. A 'C' stands for energized electrical. Many extinguishers will have multiple ratings such as ABC or BC. The numbers designate the size of a fire that the extinguisher can put out. Examples include a 2A10BC or a 40BC extinguisher. Read the instruction label found on the front of portable fire extinguishers in your building or business to become familiar with their operation and ratings.
How often do I need to service my portable fire extinguisher?
The Ontario Fire Code requires that all portable fire extinguishers must be maintained in accordance with NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 10. This means that the extinguisher is to be visually checked monthly for any sign of tampering and damage. Remove the extinguisher from its bracket and examine it closely. Ensure that the extinguisher's gauge is pointing to the 'OK' area, that the protective pin is in place and that there has been no obstructions placed in the hose or nozzle that will affect operation. Once a year you are required to have the extinguisher serviced by a qualified firm that has tools and materials available to service the unit properly.
What do these companies do when they service the unit?
The service preformed will vary depending on the type and age of the extinguisher. Often, the extinguisher may be serviced on-site. Ensure that the service technician performs a check similar to what you do monthly, as well as additional checks, including weighing the extinguisher. A new service tag should be installed after the servicing that shows the name of the company, the technician's signature, and the date of service.
Does the North Grenville Fire Service inspect or service portable fire extinguishers?
No. Members of fire service do not perform any inspection or servicing of fire extinguishers. During inspections of properties, fire extinguishers will be checked to ensure that they are being maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Fire Code. If it is found that they are not, and inspection report will be provided you will be provided, indicating this and requiring that the violation be corrected immediately. You will then be required to obtain a firm to do this work for you.
PLEASE NOTE: North Grenville Fire Services staff conducts inspections in full uniform only.
Who do I contact to have my portable fire extinguishers service?
Perform a web search for local fire extinguishers service companies. Or look in the local phone directory, under fire extinguishers, which should list a number of local firms that both sell and service portable fire extinguishers.
How can I remember when my portable fire extinguisher is due for annual servicing?
The tag that is applied by the servicing company will list the date that they preformed their last inspection. When you perform your monthly check, ensure that it has not been more than 12 months since the date of their last visit. Most service companies will arrange to place you on a regular call back schedule where they will return automatically at the required frequency.
How can I get more information about portable fire extinguishers, their operation or recommended placement?
Contact the Fire Prevention Officer at 613-258-9569 ext 205 or . There is no charge for this service.
Farm Fire Safety
Barn fires can cause a devastating loss of livestock and assets for owners in addition to emotional and economic hardships for families, businesses and communities. The North Grenville Fire Service wants to help prevent such losses by promoting fire safety on farms and agricultural properties in our community. Download your Farm Fire Safety Checklist here.
There are best practices to follow to reduce the risk of barn fires:
- Have a qualified professional complete assessments of all farm buildings
- Have all electrical equipment inspected yearly by a licensed electrical contractor, including wiring, mechanical and heating systems
- When heat lamps are required, protect the immediate area with non-combustible sheathing, keep the area around the heat lamp clear of clutter or bedding materials that could catch fire and only use heat lamps with the CSA or ULC label
- Establish good housekeeping practices - eliminate clutter inside and outside the buildings to the risk of fire spreading
- Be sure to check exposed electrical equipment for corroded parts and repair all damaged fixtures or equipment as soon as possible
- Avoid storing dangerous fuels and chemicals such as gasoline, cleaning fluids or solvents inside barns
- Ensure that all applicable regulations are followed when constructing or renovating farm buildings
- Make sure all equipment and motors are in good working condition, and free from dust and debris
- Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand
- Make sure a reliable source of water is available and easily accessible by fire departments.
Ontario encourages owners of farm buildings to follow these best management practices when working with livestock in farm buildings. Planning ahead to reduce risks and prevent accidents will help protect employees, family members and animals.
For more information visit: OMAFRA's Barn Fire Information page or call the North Grenville Fire Service at (613) 258-9569 x205.
Assembly Occupancies - Alternative Measures for Alternative Uses
If an existing building is not maintained or used in accordance with its original design, the Ontario Fire Code applies. Please see the following 2 examples that provide more information on this topic:
Example #1: A dwelling unit (house) is designed and constructed in accordance with building codes and zoning for a use as a single family home. That means, the building and life safety systems designed into the building support the level of risk/safety for assembly use with very few occupants. It would not have taken into consideration another use such as public events. If the building is used for any event which is open to the public, the building and safety systems (detection, exiting, separations) of the Ontario Building Code are not built into it therefore anyone who fails to maintain or use a building to its required standard, may also be ordered to comply and/or charged with a Provincial offense. For example: people are permitted to have a house party or gathering in their home or on their property however as soon as you make it open to the public by advertising and/or charge a fee, it becomes a public event and is not permitted without a change of use application with the Municipality. See Applications, Licenses and Permits page here.
Example #2: A church is designed and constructed in accordance with building codes and zoning for a use of an assembly. That means, the building and life safety systems designed into the building support the level of risk/safety for assembly use (where people gather). It would not have taken into consideration another use such as sleeping accommodations. If the building is used for a different use (such as sleeping), the building and safety systems of the Ontario Building Code are not built into it therefore anyone who fails to maintain or use a building to its required standard may be ordered to comply and/or charged with a Provincial offence.
Note: The Fire Code does allow, in some cases, the ability to apply to use a building for another use on a temporary measure. See requirements document here. To do that, the owner has to provide to the authority having jurisdiction, alternative measures that would reduce the life safety risks to protect the occupants. Download applications here: Occupancy Submission Cover Letter and Occupancy Designation Form. Please note the guideline refers to the use of schools for sleeping accommodations, however, the process and requirements would be the same, and this guideline would be an excellent tool for churches and recreational facilities etc.
For further information or if you have any questions about the safe use of buildings please contact the Fire Prevention Officer 613-258-9569 ext. 205.
Public Education Links
Child Car Seat Safety
SEATS for Kids Canada is committed to ensuring every parent or caregiver knows how to install and use their child’s car seat safely every time they ride. They are a non-profit organization located in Ottawa, dedicated to increasing the appropriate and correct use of child restraint systems of children the community. See their website here for installation information as well as any car seat clinics happening in & around the Ottawa area.