Friday, August 21, 2009

Remember Fire Safety When Touring Health Care Facilities

Remember Fire Safety When Touring Health Care Facilities Fire officials credit an alarm and sprinkler system for preventing what could have been potentially tragic fire at an assisted living facility in Georgia. (Source:

Firefighters arrived on the scene approximately 4 minutes after receiving the fire alarm. By the time they arrived, the sprinkler system had contained much of the blaze.

"If the sprinkler system wasn't there, people wouldn't have gotten out of there. No way," said Brunswick Fire Marshal Jose Juarbe.

Fire safety is an important factor to keep in mind when looking for health care facilities like assisted livings, nursing homes, retirement communities, and intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded. When you tour the facility, don't forget to ask about smoke alarms, sprinklers, fire drills, and what happens in the event of an actual fire.


  1. This topic is an especially important one given the limited mobility of some of our senior citizens.Also the senior may become more confused with all the disruption and not be able to recall a family member's name or number.So make sure the facility, where your loved is placed has the family members current information in case it's needed.

  2. Thanks for this post!