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Control of Fire Hazards in the Building


A high standard of housekeeping and building maintenance is probably the most important single factor in the prevention of fire. For example:

  1. Combustible waste materials in buildings shall not be permitted to accumulate in quantities or locations which will constitute a fire hazard, such as elevator shafts, ventilation shafts, stairwells, or any other means of egress.
  2. Combustible materials shall not be used to absorb flammable or combustible liquid spills within the building.
  3. Greasy or oily rags or materials subject to spontaneous heating shall be deposited in a proper safety container or be removed from the premises.
  4. Lint traps in laundry equipment shall be cleaned to prevent excessive accumulation of lint.
  5. All ashes shall be stored in proper safety containers and combustible materials shall not be stored with ashes in the same container.
  6. Flammable liquids shall not be used for cleaning purposes.
  7. Combustible materials shall not be stored on a roof or adjacent to any building so as to create a fire hazard to the building or its occupants.


In order to avoid fire hazards in the building, occupants are advised:

  1. Do Not put burning material such as cigarettes and ashes into garbage chutes.
  2. Do Not dispose of flammable liquids or aerosol cans in these chutes.
  3. Never force cartons coat hangers, or bundles of paper into chute because it may become blocked.
  4. To avoid unsafe cooking practices, (deep fat frying - too much heat unattended stoves - loose hanging clothing).
  5. Do Not Use unsafe electrical appliances, frayed extension cords, over-loaded outlets or lamp wire for permanent wiring.
  6. To avoid careless smoking, use ashtrays. Never smoke in bed.


  1. Know where the alarm pull stations and exits are located.
  2. Call the Toronto Fire Services immediately whenever you need emergency assistance.
  3. Know the correct building address.
  4. Know the audible alarm signal and the procedures established to implement safe evacuation of the building.
  5. No person shall intentionally disable a smoke alarm so as to make it in operable.
  6. Do not tamper, disconnect or cover the in suite audible device or heat detector.
  7. Notify property management if special assistance is required in the event of an emergency.
  8. Report any fire hazards to supervisory staff.