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Condo Lobbies and Fire Rated Furniture Requirements

Michele Farley
Publication date:
May 5, 2022
Article Summary: 

The article discusses the challenges and requirements for fire-rated furniture in condominium lobbies to comply with the Ontario Fire Code. After a tragic fire in 2016 that raised concerns about flammable materials hindering firefighting efforts, lobby furniture's fire safety gained increased attention. The Fire Code mandates that furniture in common areas, including lobbies, be made of approved fire-rated materials to withstand higher heat and produce less toxic smoke if ignited. The article emphasizes the importance of compliance with the Fire Code and offers guidance for new and existing condos to ensure their lobby furniture meets the required standards. It also advises consulting professionals to explore cost-effective and Fire Code-compliant solutions if any violations are identified, as timely resolution is crucial to avoid fines.


Condo lobby, fire-rated furniture, Fire Code requirements, Ontario Fire Code, lobby furniture conundrum, fire safety, common areas, inspection orders, CAN/ULC-S109 standard, fire safety plan book, Notice of Violation, cost-effective solutions.

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Michele Farley
Condo Lobbies and Fire Rated Furniture Requirements
May 5, 2022
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