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Most seniors homes comply with sprinkler order

March 11, 2008, St. John’s, N.L. - Twenty of 22 personal care homes ordered closed by Newfoundland and Labrador's Fire Commissioner have complied with a requirement to install sprinkler systems.

March 11, 2008 
By The Canadian Press

But two other homes, Woodford's Golden Care Home in Holyrood, N.L., and Island Manor in Wabana on
Bell Island, N.L., have confirmed their intention to close.


Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Denine says contracts are in place with the 20 homes that will remain open to install sprinklers within 60 days.



The order was issued in March 2003 after the Fire Commissioner deemed homes with five or more beds a high risk to residents because of lower staffing levels and a lack of emergency procedures.


The province stepped in after many home owners complained that they couldn't afford the installation costs.


The 2005 budget provided $4 million to help with sprinkler installations, providing a one-time grant to cover 75 per cent of the cost to a maximum of $75,000.

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