The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for inspections, investigations, plan reviews and public education. The minimum acceptable level of service is identified in a Public Fire Safety Guideline issued by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. The core services that must be provided are a simplified risk assessment, a smoke alarm program, distribution of fire safety education material to residents and inspections upon complaint or when requested to assist with code compliance. Buildings within the Municipality of Port Hope are inspected based on mandated inspections, complaints, requests and routine inspections. Fire investigations are performed when the origin and cause of a fire is not obvious or easily determined by the Fire Officer on scene. Another important responsibility of Fire Prevention is the review of plans. These include rezoning applications, site plan applications, building permits and fire safety plans. Working with the Building Inspectors, the Fire Inspector reviews building permit plans for fire protection equipment to ensure compliance with the requirements in the Ontario Building Code and referenced standards. Fire and life safety education is an important element of Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services  to increase awareness of the need for smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and home escape planning, subsequently reducing the risk and impact of fires in our municipality.