National Fire Code of Canada

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General Safety

For information regarding the storage of combustible and flammable liquids, please refer to the Ontario Fire Code, section 4, and the National Fire Code of Canada 2015 (NFC) Aug. 18, 2021 edition published by National Research Council and developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes.

A significant change in the NFC 2015 is the introduction of the classification system used by Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to define dangerous goods. These changes reflect harmonization of the dangerous goods classification system with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) recently adopted in Canada.

The NFC 2015 has been re-organized to consolidate relevant information. Each Part now contains the Prescriptive Requirements, followed by the Attribution Table and related (appendix) Notes. The NFC 2015 complements the National Building Code of Canada 2015. Both must be considered when constructing, renovating or maintaining buildings.

Propane cylinders not in use must be stored outdoors in secure, well ventilated storage. Must be in compliance with the Propane Storage and Handling Code and Ontario Regulations for Propane Storage and Handling (as per Section CAN/CSA-B149.2-05 Propane Storage and Handling Code adopted under O. Reg. 223/01 made under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000).

Related training: Working Safely With Propane