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Fire: Websites

Websites

As of April 2019, the NRC is offering free access to the downloadable and electronic formats of the National Building Code, the National Fire Code, the National Plumbing Code, and the National Energy Code for Buildings, as well as the provincial codes published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Paper copies of the Codes, along with other supporting documents including the Guides, are available at a reduced cost.

How to activate subscriptions

The following steps need to be taken:

  1. Click on Single User, Online Subscription or Single User, Downloadable
  2. Register and create an account
  3. You will receive an email (within 48-hours) providing you with information on how to proceed
  4. Once signed in you will need to complete the following
  5. Click Continue
  6. You will receive an email when the code has been updated, at which time you will need to download the revised PDF.

Because anyone can publish anything on the internet, it is very important to determine that the information you have found on a website comes from a reliable and authoritative sourceSo, how do you evaluate a website?

Ask yourself these questions when you are evaluating a website. Your answers will help you decide if the site appears to be a reliable source of information. In addition, we have provided a number of links to excellent guides for website evaluation. 

  Authority
  Content
  • Is the author/producer easy to identify?
  • Are the author’s credentials listed?
  • Is the author’s affiliation easy to determine (e.g. university, government)
  • Are there errors or discrepancies on the site?  
  • Is the content appropriate for your needs?
  • Is there sufficient coverage of the topic?
  Currency   Objectivity
  • Can you find the date that the site was created?
  • Was the site updated recently?
  • Do the links on the site work?
  • Is the information factual or opinion?
  • Is the site trying to sell something that seems too good to be true?  
  • Is the information consistent with other sources you’ve found?
  • Is the source of the information provided?
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