New Ontario Fire Code Released

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional
Services Monte Kwinter has announced the release of Ontario's new edition of
the Fire Code to better address Ontario's public fire safety.
    "The 2007 Fire Code will give greater scope to owners to introduce
innovative building techniques while adhering to strict safety standards,"
said Minister Kwinter.
    The Code was revised using an objective-based format to allow the use of
equivalents and innovative solutions through linkages to core code objectives.
Approximately 200 technical amendments have also been incorporated into the
new Code. Generally however, existing requirements have been retained to
provide stakeholders with familiar acceptable solutions and to serve as
benchmarks for continued public fire safety. The revised Code will come into
effect on November 21, 2007.
    "The 2007 Fire Code represents an important milestone with respect to
fire safety standards in Ontario," says Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "It
will be an important tool for the Ontario fire service to use because it will
ensure that a high standard of public fire safety is maintained in Ontario."
    The announcement was made as part of the Ontario Municipal Fire
Prevention Officers Association Conference (OMFPOA). The conference took place
in Richmond Hill from June 4 to 7 and was an opportunity for fire prevention
officers from municipal fire departments across Ontario to discuss public fire
safety priorities in the province. A primary responsibility of fire prevention
officers is to enforce the Fire Code in their respective communities.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Slosser, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3120

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