Province To Consult On Fire Sprinklers

    McGuinty Government Believes Additional Measures Could Protect Families

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government will hold a public
consultation and information sessions on proposed changes to the Building Code
that would require fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed multiple-unit
residential buildings higher than three storeys.
    "Ontario has one of the lowest rates of residential fire deaths in
Canada," said Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
"Nonetheless, we believe we can make our buildings even safer, and we will
consider the comments, ideas and concerns received through the consultations
when finalizing any amendments to the Building Code."
    "Over a ten-year period between 1997 and 2006, 103 people have died in
these types of multi-unit residential building fires," said Rick Bartolucci,
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. "My ministry looks
forward to partnering with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to
develop ways to reduce these tragedies and increase the safety of families and
individuals across the province."
    A public consultation paper will be available Friday, February 15 on the
Building Code website of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing at Interested parties will have until May 1,
2008 to submit comments.
    Public information sessions will be held in late March and early April
2008. The locations and dates of the information sessions will soon be posted
on the Building Code website and on the Ministry of Community Safety and
Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal website at
    "These consultations are a chance to build consensus and increase
awareness about fire safety across the province," said Ontario Fire Marshal
Patrick Burke. "Everyone must understand that fire safety begins with
prevention, and that smoke alarms and sprinklers can save lives and limit
property loss."
    The Office of the Fire Marshal will use the information sessions to
highlight fire safety challenges and home fire safety practices, and to
discuss common misconceptions regarding residential sprinkler systems.
    "Sprinklers can make a difference," said Linda Jeffrey, MPP for
Brampton-Springdale. "The proposed regulations would help protect what we
value most, including those most at risk - seniors, the young and the
    Jeffrey previously introduced private members bills calling for
sprinklers in new residential buildings.

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For further information:

For further information: David Brezer, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing, (416) 585-6656; Brian Teefy, Minister's Office, (416) 585-6333; Chris
Slosser, Office of the Fire Marshal, Ministry of Community Safety and
Correctional Services, (416) 325-3120

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