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Making Homes for Vulnerable Ontarians Safer

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Making Homes for Vulnerable Ontarians Safer

McGuinty Government To Consult On Fire Safety

Ontario will begin consultations on how to improve fire safety in residences for seniors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Ontarians.

The province will seek advice from residents, their families, and organizations, including fire services, municipalities, facility owners and operators, and associations who play important roles in ensuring the safety of these individuals. This will help the government determine what further action is needed on fire safety enhancements for these Ontarians' homes, such as sprinklers, self-closers on doors, training, enforcement and penalties.

Quick Facts

  • Residences housing vulnerable Ontarians include retirement homes, long-term care homes, hospitals and group homes
  • Owners and operators of homes for vulnerable persons in Ontario are required to have an up-to-date fire safety plan and to conduct staff training and regular fire drillsnd operators of homes for vulnerable persons in Ontario are required to have an up-to-date fire safety plan, and to conduct staff training and regular fire drills

Quotes

Jim Bradley

“Many Ontarians have special needs and this is particularly vital in case of a fire emergency. We are working together with our fire safety partners to meet these needs and ensure that our most vulnerable Ontarians are safe in their homes.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services

“The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs is a strong advocate for new initiatives that will help save lives, particularly for those less able to care for themselves in case of fire. We welcome this consultation as a first step to improving fire safety in residences for more vulnerable Ontarians.”

Tim Beckett

President, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs

“We look forward to helping improve fire protection in residences housing vulnerable people. This is a good step forward.”

Fred LeBlanc

President, Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association

“The Ontario Retirement Communities Association has a history of high standards for retirement residence care and safety. We look forward to working with the government on this important consultation.”

Gord White

CEO, Ontario Retirement Communities Association

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