Fire Inspections

Fire inspections are important for the safety of the public, people who live and work in buildings and for Fire Fighters who may have to enter the building in an emergency situation. It is imperative that all building occupants are able to get out in an emergency in a safe and timely manner.

The Town of Smiths Falls Fire Prevention Plan requires that all “Public” buildings are inspected on a regular system of inspections. The Smiths Falls Fire Department inspects all public buildings on a regular basis in order to provide a maximum of fire safety to the occupant.

During a fire inspection, the Smiths Falls Fire Department is checking to ensure the buildings and the process and/or occupants are meeting the requirements of the current edition of the Ontario Fire Code. This includes checking the condition and maintenance of fire protection equipment such as fire alarms, sprinkler systems, automatic suppression system, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, power systems, exiting, fire department
access and the presence of fire hazards.

Fire Safety Plans

Make Fire Safety – Part of your Business Plan!

Fire Safety Plans are intended to assist the owner of a building with the basic essentials for the safety of all occupants. They are also designed to ensure an orderly evacuation at the time of an emergency and to provide a maximum degree of flexibility to achieve the necessary Fire Safety for the building.

The implementation of a Fire Safety Plan helps to assure effective maintenance and utilization of Life Safety features in a building, to protect people from fire. The required Fire Safety Plan should be designed to suit the resources of each individual building or complex of buildings.  

The Ontario Fire Code, Section 2.82.1.(1) requires the establishment and implementation of a Fire Safety Plan for every building with:

  • an assembly occupancy
  • a care occupancy
  • a care and treatment occupancy
  • a detention occupancy
  • a residential occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 10
  • a retirement home
  • a business and personal services occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300
  • a mercantile occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300
  • a high hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 25
  • a medium hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 100, or
  • a low hazard industrial occupancy where the occupant load exceeds 300,
  • containing 4 storeys or more, counting storeys below grade.

There is a review fee depending on the building systems. 

Fire Prevention Education

Fire Safety Presentations

The Fire Prevention Division of the Smiths Falls Fire Department is available upon request to give fire safety presentations. Requests typically come from businesses, professional groups, health care facilities, educational institutes and other civic organizations. Topics presented are tailored to the audience and any special requests from the organization and topics might include:

  • What is Fire? (Fire Tetrahedron)
  • Four Points of Fire (Black, Gases & Smoke, Heat, Time)
  • Firefighter Role
  • Leading Causes of Fire in our Community & Prevention
  • Smoke Detectors, Alarm & Suppression Systems
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Evacuation Plans
  • Fire Safety in the Workplace
  • Hotel/Motel Safety
  • Health Care Facility Safety
  • Vulnerable Occupencies

Presentations must be booked a minimum of 6 weeks in advance. Presentations are subject to cancellation if an emergency should occur. The Fire Prevention Division will reschedule. If you need to cancel a scheduled tour, the Smiths Falls Fire Department requires at least 48 hours cancellation notice.

Fire Prevention Week

This annual October event showcases the essential services provided by the Town of Smiths Falls.

  • Public activities include fire hall open house
  • various fire safety lectures and presentations
  • Information and fire safety tips are provided to school children in grades K-5.

The History of Fire Prevention Week Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the devastating Chicago fire on October 8, 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire changed the way that fire fighters and public officials in Canada and the U.S. think about fire safety. The Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Chicago fire should be observed in a way to educate the public about the importance of fire prevention. Fire Prevention Week was proclaimed in Canada in 1919 to commemorate the Chicago blaze, as well as the major fire that destroyed the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa on February 3, 1916.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) continues today to make National Fire Prevention Week a priority and counts on the participation and efforts of tens of thousands of fire and safety professionals, emergency volunteers, and other individuals working to reduce the risk of fire and the toll it takes on our society. With tremendous help from fire safety advocates throughout North America, Fire Prevention Week continues to be a success each year.

For more information or questions please contact Smiths Falls Fire Department, Lieutenant of Fire Prevention Jason Smith at 613-283-5869 or email at 

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