Fire Protection and Life Safety Plans Examination

The Fire Protection and Life Safety Plans Examination page has been created to assist users when preparing permit documents to help determine:
a) The information that should be included in the submission,
b) The level of detail typically expected of the documents.

 

Note that the information provided in these pages is not an all-inclusive list. Rather, this information has been provided as a guide that focuses on typical systems and typical processes. Therefore, not all systems, designs, or hazards, etc. are discussed or identified within.


Emergency Lighting

  • Provide floor plan showing emergency lighting systems
  • Indicate new, existing and relocated devices
  • Inverters
  • Battery packs
  • Generator

Fire Alarm System

  • System description (e.g., single or two stage, conventional v/s addressable, etc.)
  • Design specifications
  • Floor plans showing device layout and equipment control
  • Typical fire alarm details/schematics (e.g. isolation details)
  • Indicate new, existing and relocated devices
  • Single line/riser diagram and wiring methodology
  • Sequence of operation and system function
  • Zone schedule
  • Voice communication (one-way v/s two-way)

Fire Alarm Panel Replacement

  • Floor plan illustrating existing and proposed locations of the fire alarm control panel
  • Basic wiring schematic
  • Items to consider:
    • Is the existing network wiring and/or field wiring being maintained?
    • Are existing field devices being maintained?
    • Additional fire alarm equipment being installed as a result of the panel replacement?
    • If the answer is YES to any of the above questions, then refer to FIRE ALARM SYSTEM section

Kitchen Exhaust System

  • Indicate the construction materials and methods (e.e., type of steel and thickness, types of welds, use of listed filters, etc.)
  • Exhaust duct termination detail complete with dimensions
  • Section details illustrating the actual required clearances between the exhaust system and all building assemblies. Include details of assembly construction (non-combustible, limited combustible, etc.)
  • Details on clearance reduction systems (if applicable)
  • Equipment schedule (hoods, fans and appliances)
  • Manufacturer¿s specifications/cutsheets/shop drawings for listed equipment.

Kitchen Fire Suppression System

  • Indicate the name of the manufacturer
  • Show all system components (nozzle types, tank(s), releasing equipment, etc)
  • Indicate the dimensions of all cooking appliances (height, width, diameter, etc.)

Dust Collectors System

  • Dust collector location (indoor, outdoor, floor plan, etc.)
  • Re-circulating v/s non re-circulating dust collector(s)
  • Details for explosion prevention and/or explosion venting system(s)
  • Full details on dust collector (listing, materials/equipment schedule, equipment specifications) and ducting
  • System interlocks
  • Air velocities

Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids

  • Full details of all materials to be stored/handled/processed complete with MSDS, OFC classification, quantities and container volumes
  • Detailed description of process/operations
  • Exhaust and ventilation systems
  • Fire protection systems
  • Containment

Labs

  • Fully describe lab operations
  • Hazardous materials complete with MSDS, OFC classification, quantities and container volumes
  • Drawings/details/specifications for fume hood
  • Ventilation and exhaust systems

Spray Operations

  • Full details on spray operations e.g., type of spray application
  • Details of spray equipment and system interlocks
  • Details of the spray enclosure
  • Spray enclosure location
  • Ventilation rates and air velocities including monitoring
  • Product classification and storage location
  • Exhaust duct details (material, required clearances and discharge location)
  • Fan blade construction
  • Fire protection system

Other Hazardous Operations

  • Contact fire plans examination to set up a pre-application meeting

Electromagnetic Locking Devices

  • Floor plans indicating device locations and room labels (maglocks, maglock key switch, pull stations and emergency lighting)
  • Elevation detail showing associated equipment, wiring and signage
  • Sequence of operation and design notes i.e. OBC 3.4.6.16.(a) through (k)
  • Occupancy classification of areas to be served by proposed maglocks

Sprinkler Systems

  • Submit a signed copy of the owner¿s certificate (see NFPA 13). This is to be submitted in addition to the Letter of Use.
  • When required, hydraulic calculations are to be based on up-to-date fire hydrant flow test information (conducted within past 12 months)
  • For major alterations and new systems, provide fully detailed sprinkler drawings and hydraulic calculations conforming to the `Plans and Calculations¿ chapter of NFPA 13.
  • For minor alterations, include enough detail of the existing system(s) to make all existing conditions clear. This includes showing the location of new, relocated and deleted sprinkler heads and associated piping.
    • Note that depending on the scope of the changes, hydraulic calculations may be required
  • For new tenants in existing buildings, provide details of the new operations and the existing sprinkler system design criteria.
  • When altering the storage in an existing building (new or existing tenant), fully detail the storage (what is being stored) with floor plans showing the location, configuration, height, etc. Identify the design criteria of the existing sprinkler system.
  • Indicate if flexible hoses / flexible sprinkler drops are to be utilized

Standpipe and Hose System

  • When required, hydraulic calculations are to be based on up-to-date fire hydrant flow test information (conducted within past 12 months)
  • For major alternation and new systems provide fully detailed drawings and hydraulic calculations conforming to the `Plans and Calculations¿ chapter of NFPA 14.
  • For minor alterations, provide sufficient detail of the existing system(s) to make all existing conditions clear. This includes showing new, relocated and deleted standpipe hose connections and associated piping.
    • Note that depending on the scope of the changes, hydraulic calculations may be required

Site Plan Applications

  • Fire-route by-law no. 1036-81 compliance (including but not limited to route location, gradient, construction material, overhead clearance, axial loads, centreline turning radii, obstructions to the fire route)
  • Municipal address
  • OBC Matrix
  • Fire hydrant locations
  • Fire department connection location
  • Ground floor plan
  • Elevation drawings depicting openings for fire fighter access (where applicable)
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