Changes to the Ontario Fire Code. Ontario Regulation 108/18 Effective July 1st, 2018

Ontario regulation 108/18

made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

Made: February 22, 2018
Filed: March 19, 2018
Published on e-Laws: March 19, 2018
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: April 7, 2018

Amending O. Reg. 213/07

(FIRE CODE)

  1. Table 1.2.1.A. of Division B of Ontario Regulation 213/07 is amended by striking out,
NFPA 25-2011 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems 6.4.1.6.

6.5.1.1.(2)

6.6.1.5.(1) to (3)

and substituting,

NFPA 25-2014 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems 6.4.1.6.

6.5.1.1.(2)

6.6.1.5.(1) to (3)

 

  1. Article 6.4.1.3. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

Fire department connections

6.4.1.3.  (1)  Except when in use or being inspected in accordance with Article 6.4.3.7., fire department connections shall be equipped with plugs or caps that are secured wrench-tight.

(2)  If plugs or caps are missing, the fire department connections shall be examined for obstructions, back-flushed when conditions warrant and the plugs or caps replaced.

  1. Subsection 6.4.3. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

Subsection 6.4.3.  Checking, Inspection and Testing Standpipe systems

6.4.3.1.  (1)  Standpipe systems that have been modified, extended or are being restored to service after a period of disuse exceeding one year shall be tested in conformance with Articles 6.4.3.2. to 6.4.3.5.

(2)  Where standpipes are built in walls or partitions, the tests shall be made before the standpipes are concealed.

Hydrostatic test

6.4.3.2.  (1)  Standpipe system piping shall be hydrostatically tested for 2 hours at a pressure of not less than

(a)   1400 kPa (gauge), or

(b)   350 kPa (gauge) in excess of the normal hydrostatic pressure when the normal hydrostatic pressure is in excess of 1050 kPa (gauge).

Fire department connections

6.4.3.3.  Piping between the fire department connection and the check valve in the inlet pipe to the standpipe shall be hydrostatically tested in the same manner as the remainder of the system.

Underground mains

6.4.3.4.  (1)  Underground mains and connections shall be hydrostatically tested for 2 hours at a hydrostatic pressure of 350 kPa (gauge) in excess of the maximum hydrostatic pressure in service, but not less than 1400 kPa (gauge).

(2)  Leakage during the test shall not exceed 2 L/h per 100 joints for pipe laid with rubber gasketted joints, and 30 mL/h per 25 mm of pipe diameter per joint for pipe laid with caulked lead or lead substitute joints.

Flow and pressure tests

6.4.3.5.  Flow and pressure tests shall be conducted at the highest and most remote hose valve or hose connection to ensure that the water supply for the standpipe system is provided as originally designed.

Dry standpipes

6.4.3.6.  (1)  Standpipe system piping which normally remains dry shall be hydrostatically tested in accordance with Article 6.4.3.2. at intervals of not more than five years.

(2)  Water supply pressure and system air pressure for automatic dry standpipe systems shall be checked weekly by using gauges to ensure that the system is maintained at the required operating pressure.

Fire department connections

6.4.3.7.  (1)  The dry portion of the fire department connection piping of a standpipe system shall be hydrostatically tested at a pressure of not less than 1050 kPa (gauge) for 2 hours at intervals of not more than five years where

(a)   the fire department connection piping has been in service for more than thirty years, or

(b)   the age of the fire department connection piping cannot be determined.

(2)  Despite Sentence (1), if, on July 1, 2018, fire department connection piping has not been hydrostatically tested within the previous five years, the first test required by Sentence (1) shall be completed before January 1, 2019.

(3)  Fire department connection piping shall be inspected annually with any plugs or caps removed to ensure that

(a)   the fire department connection is physically unobstructed and readily accessible,

(b)   the fire department connection identification sign is in place and visible,

(c)   the fire department connection is free of wear, rust or obstruction,

(d)   couplings or swivels are not damaged and rotate smoothly,

(e)   gaskets are in place and in good condition,

(f)   the check valve is not leaking,

(g)   the automatic drain valve is in place and operating properly, and

(h)   fire department connection clappers are in place and operating properly.

(4)  The annual inspection referenced in Sentence (3) shall be recorded and kept in accordance with Article 1.1.2.1.

Hotels

6.4.3.8.  In buildings containing a hotel, flow and pressure tests shall be conducted annually at the highest and most remote hose valve or hose connection to verify that the water supply for the standpipe system is provided as originally designed.

Commencement

  1. This Regulation comes into force on July 1, 2018.

Made by:

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Date made: February 22, 2018