Fire safety plans contain information for building occupants, owners and responding fire fighters for the safe evacuation and operation of a building. Plans are required to be developed in accordance with Section 2.8 of the British Columbia Fire Codes (BC Fire Code). A well-developed fire safety plan that is closely followed by building owners and occupants can significantly increase fire safety within a structure.
Fire Safety Plans
Section 2.8 of the BC Fire Code requires fire safety plans for the following:
- Every building containing an assembly, care, treatment or detention occupancy
- Every building required by the British Columbia Building Code to have a fire alarm system
- Demolition and construction sites regulated under Section 5.6 of the Fire Code
- Storage areas required to have a fire safety plan in conformance with Articles 188.8.131.52. and 184.108.40.206 of the Fire Code
- Areas where flammable liquids or combustible liquids are stored or handled, in conformance with Article 220.127.116.11 of the Fire Code
- Areas where hazardous processes or operations occur, in conformance with Article 18.104.22.168 of the Fire Code
Pre-incident plans contain information about properties and buildings specifically for firefighters. They consist of site and floor plans with specific information to assist responding firefighters during emergencies. Plans are complimented by specific written vital property and building information.
Construction Fire Safety Plans
Construction fire safety plans contain information for owners and employees as well as for responding firefighters for fire safety during the construction or demolition of buildings. Plans are required to be developed in accordance with Section 5.6 of the BC Fire Code.
Requirements for Plans