Questions to Ask when Considering a Facility for Vulnerable Occupants
Are Your Loved Ones Safe from Fire?
Seniors and people with disabilities are most vulnerable when it comes to fire.
If you are considering a care, long-term care or retirement home in Ontario for yourself, a relative, or a friend, here are some important questions to ask the operators of these facilities:
- Has the facility had a fire safety inspection from the local fire department?
- Is the building well maintained? Are the doors and hallways free of obstructions?
- Are there fire safety features in place, or scheduled to be in place, such as:
- alternative exits
- smoke alarms
- fire extinguishers
- emergency lighting
- self-closing devices on doors
- a fire alarm system and sprinklers?
- Is there a fire safety plan (approved by the fire department) in place and is it reviewed regularly?
- Have staff received fire safety training?
- Are fire drills held regularly?
- Is the room/floor of the building suitable given your loved one’s ability to evacuate in the event of a fire?
- Are there enough staff available to carry out an evacuation/escape plan if there is a fire?
- Are there guidelines for people who smoke such as a designated outdoor area, separate room, and/or staff supervision?
You have a right to get answers regarding the fire safety conditions that affect your loved ones.
If you have any concerns about fire safety, contact the local fire department.
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