Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services Fire Prevention Officers (FPOs) respond to building complaints within the municipality of Sault Ste. Marie by performing inspections. The goal of these inspections is to ensure occupant safety through education and enforcing the regulations within the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA), Ontario Fire Code (OFC), and other associated regulations.
On Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023, the tenant of a multi-unit residential occupancy in the municipality of Sault Ste. Marie was found guilty of obstructing a Fire Prevention Officer, acting in their capacity as an Assistant to the Fire Marshal, while attempting to conduct a fire safety inspection of the building. The tenant was also found guilty of infractions in relation to open-air burning.
“SSMFS Fire Prevention Officers enforce the Ontario Fire Code on a daily basis,” stated Deputy Chief Naomi Thibault. “The OFC states that Fire Prevention Officers have the power to enter and inspect land and premises without a warrant and this may be exercised at all reasonable times.”
SSMFS would like to remind all citizens to ensure they obtain an open-air burning permit prior to burning and ensure all guidelines are being followed while burning. For more information on open-air burning, visit www.saultstemarie.ca/burnpermits.