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What is a Fire Safety Plan?

Fire Safety Plans, created in accordance with Section 2.8 of the British Columbia Fire Code (2018) and approved by the Authorities Having Jurisdiction, are living documents that contain information for building occupants, owners, and fire-fighters on the safe evacuation and operation of a building. 

Do I need a fire safety plan?

Section 2.8 of the British Columbia Fire Code (2018), declares that Fire Safety Plans are needed by buildings that:

  • containing an assembly, care, treatment or detention occupancy
  • required by the British Columbia Building Code to have a fire alarm system
  • demolition and construction sites regulated under Section 5.6.
  • storage areas required to have a fire safety plan in conformance with Articles 3.2.2.5. and 3.3.2.9.
  • areas where flammable liquids or combustible liquids are stored or handled, in conformance with Article 4.1.5.5., 
  • areas where hazardous processes or operations occur, in conformance with Article 5.1.5.1.
How do we get started?

You can either Contact Us or Request a Quote.  After learning a bit about what you need, we will provide you with a quote and a timeline of when we can get started. 

How long does it take to complete a plan?

If all the materials we need are provided, a plan can take between 4-6 weeks to be completed from site inspection to installation. The fire department responsible for reviewing the plans are on their own schedules, so sometimes this timeline can be shorter or longer, but we always communicate with the client to keep them informed of any schedule changes.

What does the process look like?

After providing us with floor plans, we will come to your building to mark off all fire systems and relevant information on the maps. We will also document the building's fire and life safety systems and other important building features. We then take this information to create a comprehensive fire safety plan and escape map signs. The final product is sent to the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (your local fire department) for review. After review, the plan can be either delivered for self-installation or installed by us. 

What materials do I need to provide for the fire safety plan?

In most cases, we require floor plans or blueprints of the building, as well as the most recent yearly fire alarm report, and the contact numbers and names of the building’s service providers. Each plan is different and may require the client to provide information on their building that is not available at the initial site visit.

What is included in a fire safety plan?

Our fire safety plan packages typically include a site evaluation, instructional binder including floor-plans, fire safety plan box, fire department review fee, and delivery of the plan. Framed evacuation map signs are also provided either a part of the package and/or in addition depending on the quantity required. 

We are looking for a safety plan for a new construction building, at what point can you start our plan?

Often, we can start elements of the plan right away, but to complete the plan and have it ready to submit to the fire department, the fire safety systems in the building need to be installed and ready for photo documentation. We always keep occupancy in mind and will work with you to make sure everything is in place for final walk-throughs. 

Who reviews your plans?

Our fire safety plans are reviewed by the Authority Having Jurisdiction - the fire department local to the building needing the fire safety plan. 

What areas do you service?

We typically service Vancouver Island, but we have also completed plans in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, as well as the Gulf Islands. 

What is the difference between a construction fire safety plan and a permanent plan for our newly constructed building?

A construction fire safety plan is a fire safety plan that is required for construction sites. It often consists of a binder with site-specific information and drawings, as well as details about the equipment and hazards on site.  A permanent plan for a new construction building consists of the final fire safety plan specific to the completed building and all its fire safety features and safety measures, this binder is kept in a metal fire safety plan box. The permanent plan also includes posted evacuation procedures on every floor. 

Do I really need a Fire Safety Director?

Yes, every building that requires a fire safety plan needs a fire safety director who will periodically review and maintain the fire safety plan and act as a contact for the fire department in the case of a fire incident.

"Haley, with Surefire Safety, was very easy to work with; the project was completed on time and on budget. Any questions I had were answered quickly and the final product was excellent. And best of all, the COR Auditor thought her Fire Safety Plan was really well done.

I would definitely call on Haley and Surefire Safety for my next project."

Bob Wiffen
Ralmax Group of Properties

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