!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019101ddc8fd970c-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019101ddc8fd970c-120wi|alt=Retirment homes|width=147|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Retirment homes|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019101ddc8fd970c|height=106!As reported inOttawa Citizen, Ontario will become the first province in Canada to make fire sprinklers mandatory “in all retirement and nursing homes and residences for the disabled.” These include 4,300 existing "care facilities" that are not currently protected with this life safety measure.
The province's technical advisory committee studied the issue and rendered its recommendations to include the change; considered “the most significant safety measure since the introduction of the smoke alarm.” Home operators will have five years to comply with the retrofit requirement from the date the legislation takes force, on Jan. 1, 2014.
The article points out that there are older residences that were built before fire sprinklers were mandated in new retirement homes and, more recently, in all new residential construction more than three stories in height.
Fire chiefs, including no fewer than three Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) presidents, have been fighting hard for years for the change.
The OAFC is also striving to make fire sprinklers mandatory for all new residential construction; including one- and two-family dwellings. They will continue to work to make this a reality.