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Fire Code Requirements


This section contains important fire and life safety requirements for educational facilities. These requirements are dictated by the National Fire Code of Canada and the Manitoba Fire Code Regulations.  

Schools present unique fire and life safety risks.  School fires fall into several categories.  Cooking, heating, electrical and intentionally set fires are the leading causes.  Although fatalities from school fires are thankfully rare ‐ students and staff do suffer injuries.   Preventing school fires means taking action in three areas.  

  • The first is emergency planning.  
  • The second is education for staff and students about what actions to take in case of fire.  
  • The third step is ensuring the school building is kept fire‐safe. 


Every school must have a fire safety plan as part of their overall emergency planning.  The plans include details on fire alarm procedures, building floor plans, staff duties in a fire emergency, exiting and holding fire drills – among many other details.  The plans also help fire departments pre-plan their response to a school fire.  All schools in Pembina Trails have a fire plan box located at the one of the main entrances to the building.  The fire plan box contains a copy of the required fire plan for the school.  Administrators must be familiar with the location of the plans as well as access to the locked cabinets.


Training in fire safety should go beyond preparing students for fire drills.  Keeping a school fire‐safe is a day‐to‐day job.   Staff and students need to know about the causes of fires and how they can prevent one at their school.  


The guideline below is designed to cover most of the major potential fire hazards in schools but does not include all potential hazards.  If you are unsure about a potential fire risk, consult the divisional Safety Officer.

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