Ontario Improving Fire Safety in Retirement Homes

Ontario is helping retirement homes with the cost of installing automatic sprinkler systems, to enhance seniors’ safety and ensure that new Ontario Fire Code requirements are met.

Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, was at a fire station in downtown Toronto today to mark Fire Prevention Week and to announce the new support.

The province is now accepting applications for the new cost-sharing program, which will help small and rural retirement homes retrofit more than 6,000 suites across Ontario. Automatic sprinklers are vital to the safety and security of all retirement home residents, staff and first responders.

Beginning January 1, 2019, all retirement homes must be equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems to meet new Ontario Fire Code requirements. Currently approximately 60 per cent of the 730 licensed retirement homes in Ontario have full automatic sprinkler systems.

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8-14, 2017. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Photo Credit: Dipika Damerla via Twitter

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