Who May Use Our Services?
Why Use The Services Of An Independent Inspector ?
Compliance dates for the different occupancy types covered by Ontario Fire Code Retrofit have all passed. Fire Departments in Ontario are busy writing notices of violation or issuing court summons to property owners for contravention of the Retrofit provisions. Penalties for non-compliance are up to $50,000 for individuals and up to $100,000 for corporations. This may be in addition to up to 1 year in prison. Compliance is now expected. See News Articles for further information about past prosecutions.
Who Is Responsible ?
The Fire Code clearly states that the Owner is responsible for complying with the requirements of the Code. Some fire departments heavy handed "you are guilty, prove your innocence" approach for enforcement of the Retrofit provisions, appears to be contrary to Canadian traditions and legal practices.
The fire departments of Ontario employ excellent fire fighters, fire safety promoters and fire prevention educators. However, some very rigid enforcement policies that are driven by liability concerns, continue to cause anguish among small apartment building and two unit building owners. The goal should be improved fire safety, not creating paperwork and a bureaucratic nightmare. To-day Fire Departments increasingly tend to not have the resources or manpower to carry out the education of the property owner, and consequently are finding themselves in a position where they feel justified and compelled to prosecute when non-complying situations are discovered. The property owner or prospective purchaser has very little recourse but to accept this heavy handed course of action.
The Independent Fire Code Consultant, who is qualified in Fire Code issues, is able to offer advice on the best method of attaining compliance, prior to the official involvement of the authorities and the court system, thereby eliminating the risk of prosecution.
Who Should Use Our Services?
- The Conscientious Landlord
- Prospective Purchasers Of Income Property
- Vendors Of Income Property
- Real Estate Professionals
- Legal, Mortgage & Insurance Personnel
The Fire Guy provides building compliance audits to assess, facilitate, implement, and maintain Ontario Fire Code compliance. We are Fire Code experts and our unique services provide building managers, and owners, with a thorough understanding of their responsibilities under the Fire Code. We serve all buildings regulated under the Ontario Fire Code. Many of our clients manage multi-dwelling residential, commercial and industrial buildings which require compliance assurance in general, as well as specific concerns. We will provide you with the quality of service you require in a timely fashion providing building owners and operators a wide range of fire prevention services and life safety requirements.
To Ensure Your Fire Code Compliance and Peace of Mind call The Fire Guy.
The Fire Guy is a Richmond Hill based firm serving the GTA and surrounding areas.