Are Nursing Homes Safe from Fires?

Photo of Ill nursing home resident in bedWhenever you place your loved one in a nursing home or residential facility, you would expect that the center would be safe and use measures to prevent tragedies from occurring. However, this is not the case at some homes.

According to the Associated Press, tens of thousands of nursing homes do not have adequate sprinklers or fire prevention measures in place. The news outlet reported that despite a government mandated guideline to have sprinklers installed at all facilities by August 2013, 385 facilities in 39 states are failing to meet requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The AP reported that the facilities not meeting requirements are licensed to house more than 52,000 residents. “That is intolerable in this day and age,” said Brian Lee, executive director of Families for Better Care, according to the AP. “It’s not like they don’t have money to put these systems in. They have the money. They just choose not to do so.”

It should be noted that a 2003 fire that killed 15 people in Nashville at the NHC Healthcare Center spurred the new requirements. The building did not have an automatic sprinkler system.

Should I Call a Lawyer If My Loved One Is Killed in a Nursing Home Accident?

Remember, the nursing home your loved one resides in has a duty to keep him or her safe. If you have concerns about the safety, you should contact the Tennessee Department of Health.

Additionally, if you have lost a loved one or they have suffered injuries due to nursing home abuse and neglect, you should contact our Nashville injury attorney. We can help you obtain damages to compensate for their plight.

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