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Seniors and people with disabilities are most vulnerable when it comes to fire. If you are considering a residential facility 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 Thunder Bay Fire Rescue?
  • Is the building well maintained? Are the doors and hallways free of obstructions?
  • Is there an approved fire safety plan in place and is it reviewed regularly?
  • Have staff received fire safety training?
  • Are fire drills held regularly?
  • Is the facility 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 if there is a fire?
  • Are there designated outdoor areas or separate rooms for people who smoke?
  • Are there fire safety features in place such as:
    • alternative exits
    • smoke alarms
    • fire extinguishers
    • emergency lighting
    • self-closing devices on doors
    • a fire alarm system and sprinklers?

You have a right to get answers regarding the fire safety conditions that affect your loved ones. Find out more about the requirements and Fire Code for Retirement Homes, Care Occupancies, and Care and Treatment Occupancies. more