Sprinklers Urged for Nursing Homes

Issue 4 and Volume 128.

Sprinklers Urged for Nursing Homes All nursing homes, regardless of construction type, should have automatic sprinkler systems, the committee on government operations has stated in a report to the United States House of Representatives. The report also declared that nonambulatory or blind patients should not be placed in rooms above the first floor of non-fire-resistive buildings that lack a sprinkler system. At hearings conducted by a subcommittee headed by Representative Floyd V. Hicks (D-Wash.), it was disclosed that such patients were housed above the first floor in half the unsprinklered protected ordinary construction nursing homes and two-thirds of the unsprinklered protected noncombustible nursing homes. Discrepancies in determining the type of construction of nursing homes— sometimes the same home—also were noted in the report, which stated that in some case waivers of sections of the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, were based on one type of construction when the nursing homes…

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