Safety Rules for the Québec Film and Video
1. Before renting or occupying a house or a building,
the producer must ensure that it meets fire preven-
tion standards and that it contains the necessary fire
fighting equipment, in compliance with the National
2. The distance to be covered between any point in the
building and the closest exit must not exceed 25 m
when there are no automatic extinguishers (sprinklers),
or 45 m if there are sprinklers throughout the building.
At least two exits must lead directly outside the building.
No objects must block the flow of water from the
automatic extinguishers (sprinklers).
3. The location of emergency exits must be clearly
indicated. Exits must be unobstructed on both sides.
If the usual exits are blocked due to filming or
recording, others must be provided.
4. A passageway at least 1.2-m wide and 3-m high must
be provided around scenery and emergency exits.
This passageway must be kept clear at all times, and
all pipes, wires, conduits, etc., crossing it must be
covered with cable mats.
5. Electrical wires obstructing exits or passageways must
be inserted in cable mats and covered. Their presence
must be indicated.
6. Fire hose cabinets must be kept clear of obstacles at
Access and parking for fire fighters
7. The transportation coordinator or the unit manager
must ensure that all areas around the work site(s) are
accessible to fire department vehicles via lanes with a
minimum width of 6 m and an overhead clearance of
5 m, and whose turning radius allows passage of the
8. Unless approval has been received from the municipal
fire department, vehicles used for production must
not block the fire fighter access lanes and must leave
a clearance of 2.5 m on each side of hydrants,
siamese connections and sprinklers.
In Québec, the Tobacco Act (December 1999) prohibits
smoking in public places and in the workplace. The
unit crew must therefore install “No Smoking” signs
and the production