Let’s face it – most residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes are incapable of moving quickly. They may be confined to a bed…a wheel chair…or a meri-walker. This reality can have devastating results when a fire breaks out!
Virginia law requires fire suppression and alarm systems in its nursing homes. Although it is the law, I have been in facilities in the past few years which were without fire suppression and alarm systems. A fire in a nursing home can have horrible results as reported in these stories:
· Mocksville, NC
· Hartford, CN – as reported by CBS News
· Louisville, KY
· National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform – press release
Read what the federal General Accounting Office has to say about the risk.
Read this article from the USA Today newspaper.