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August 27, 2008

Fire safety in nursing homes

Do not those who are so adamantly against smoke detectors in nursing home and care facilities (8/25, Local, “Fire safety should rank higher in nursing homes?”)  that they themselves may well bear the fruit of their folly?

Nancy M. Ehrlich



I closer look at the issue, beyond the "sound bites", indicates that it is not about whether or not smoke detectors are required in nursing homes. The statute says that detectors are required "throughout the facility". The state fire marshall interprets this to include every room. The nursing homes interpret this to mean at some regular interval, bit not necessarily in every room.

Instead of fighting back and forth about the meaning of this vague language, why not let the legislature clarify the exact requirement this language is meant to reference?

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