Jan 21, 2015
By Bob Komsic
A just released survey of CARP members finds they want immediate action taken to make nursing homes fire safe.
CARP – A New Vision of Aging – says results show group members see no reason to delay retrofitting homes without sprinklers.
Among the findings, 76% say sprinklers are the single most important measure to prevent death in nursing home fires.
More than thalf ( 53%) did not know that sprinklers are not required in homes built before 1997.
CARP’s Vice-President of Advocacy, Susan Eng, tells AM 740 News, ”Canadians should be as outraged as CARP members that steps have not been taken to ensure all nursing homes are fire safe. Our members don’t buy the excuse that it’s too costly to retrofit and they’re not prepared to wait more than two years for every home to be brought up to today’s standards.”
Since 1969, 140 Canadians have died in nursing home fires, including 32 in L’Isle Verte, Quebec.
That fired happened one year ago this Friday.
Just last week, CARP sent an open letter to all federal, provincial and territorial governments to take immediate action.