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Protecting Vulnerable Residents: Comprehensive Fire Safety Solutions for Nursing and Assisted Living Homes

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For over 30 years, PLC Fire Safety Engineering has provided fire protection engineering services to Long-Term Care facilities such as Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Care Homes.

Due to the presence of vulnerable residents with mobility and/or cognitive impairments, fires in these facilities pose a serious threat. Consequently, Building and Fire Codes mandate critical fire protection measures to mitigate these fire and life safety risks. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Automatic sprinkler systems,
  • Fire alarm systems,
  • Fire extinguishers,
  • Fire separations and fire doors,
  • Emergency power systems,
  • Fire department access,
  • Fire safety plans and emergency procedures,
  • Staff training,
  • Fire drills,
  • Inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection and life safety systems.
A 2017 Conference Board of Canada report estimates that by 2035, Canada will need an additional 199,000 long-term care beds, a nearly 75% increase

Owning and operating Care facilities can be quite challenging even without all the fire protection responsibilities required by the Building Codes and Fire Codes. Over time, the condition of the building and the fire protection measures can deteriorate, especially if the staff running and operating the facility are not familiar with the fire protection design and responsibilities for maintaining them. It is common to enter a long-term care facility and see fire doors wedged open, unsafe storage in service rooms, fire separations that are not continuous above suspended ceilings or that have many service penetrations that have not been properly sealed with approved fire stopping systems, and deficiencies with sprinkler and fire alarm systems.

A report in 2017 by the Conference Board of Canada details the demand for more long-term care in Canada, estimating an additional 199,000 beds will be needed by 2035 which is almost a 75% increase. If you are purchasing or designing a new facility, modifying an existing one, need help verifying the condition of your existing facility, or you need help with fire safety planning and staff training, PLC can assist you. Our Engineers and Technologists know the applicable Building Codes and Fire Codes, and we have industry experts that serve on technical committees of various fire protection standards. Whether your care facility provides a home to 5 residents or 100 residents, whether your facility is new or 50 years old, PLC can assist you in a timely and cost-effective manner through our established processes to help make sure your residents and staff are safe.

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We’d love to understand your fire and life safety needs to see how we can help. Please reach out to us to schedule a conversation.

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