Safety of Building Occupants
Provisions of the Code include:
- Corridors, exits and stairs are the escape routes in a fire or life emergency. Storage in corridors, exits and stairs is strictly prohibited. This includes spill over from offices, laboratories, classrooms, and shipping and receiving areas, and includes “temporary” storage. Click here for further information regarding this important Fire Code requirement.
- Doors in fire separations (Fire Doors) are generally self-closing. Blocking,propping, or wedging these doors in the open position at any time is prohibited.
- Designated exit doors are to be readily opened from the inside at all times, and are not permitted to be locked, chained, blocked, or barred to prevent exiting at any time. The use of electromagnetic door locks is not recommended by Fire Prevention for exit doors, as electric door strikes will generally provide a more appropriate operation.
- Penalties – “Every person who convenes any provision of the Fire Code and every Director or Officer of a corporation who knowingly concurs in such contravention is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or both.” – Ontario Fire Code
Bicycles that are illegally parked in corridors, foyers, stairways, and access ramps provided for the mobility impaired could pose a serious threat to life safety or the occupants of a building in the event of emergency evacuation due to a fire. Bicycles left in these areas represent a violation of the Ontario Fire Code, Article 2.7.1, which addresses obstructions in a means of egress.
Bicycles found in violation of this Article will either be romoved, or will have one of the wheels locked to the frame by means of a University-owned security device. The owner will then be required to transport their disabled bike to the Campus Police office at 21 Sussex Ave. to have the security device removed.