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Nursing homes without sprinklers ordered closed

Feb. 14, 2008,  St. John’s, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador Office of the Fire Commissioner has ordered the closure of 22 nursing homes that have failed to install sprinkler systems.

February 14, 2008
By Laura King

The fire commissioner’s office said in a statement Thursday that it ordered the homes in 2003 to install sprinkler systems within 24 months.

The Newfoundland government allocated $4 million in its 2005 budget to help owners of personal care homes with the installation of sprinkler systems as per the order of the fire commissioner.

Funding was in the form of a one-time grant to cover 75 per cent of the cost to a maximum of $75,000.
Funding is still available for those homes that have not installed sprinkler systems.

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The 22 nursing homes identified for closure are home to almost 300 residents who will require relocation.

The Department of Health and Community Services said it has begun work with the regional health authorities to come up with a plan for relocating the residents. The homes will be closed the week of March 10.