UPDATE; When I first wrote about this story my first thougth was, ‘okay all AL’s 74 nursing homes are sprinklered but what do you define as “nursing home?” What about “assisted living?” “Group Homes?” The last paragraph of this article gives the answer [The Cleburne News Online],
All of Alabama’s 313 assisted living facilities and specialty care assisted living facilities also are fully sprinklered, with the exception of eight facilities which have fewer than four beds. For more information visit www.adph.org/healthcarefacilities.”
I will visit the site and invesitgate more just because I can’t believe it.
Missouri and the other 48 should call Alabama first thing in the morning and get the skinny on how “The Heart of Dixie” got it done. I single out Missouri because I’ve written about the state here and, quite frankly, it’s close to home. But, so is Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas . . . you get the point. Missouri though, started down the path and pulled out.
This article explains that Alabama has successfully sprinklered every nursing home in the state.
Alabama is among the first states in the nation to have automatic fire sprinkler systems throughout every nursing home. Although the Life Safety Code allowed existing nursing homes to remain unsprinklered under certain circumstances, the State Board of Health, by an amendment in 2004 to the nursing facilities licensure rule, required all nursing homes to have complete sprinkler systems. In 2004, 74 of Alabama’s 242 nursing homes had no sprinkler systems or partial sprinkler systems. Now, all 74 homes have installed full fire sprinkler systems.”
Allow me to take my salesman/contractor hat off for a moment. The reason why this is so important? Well, several. But the first and foremost is that we need to provide a level of protection that will buy more time for the residents of these places to get out of the building. Smoke detectors will only alert residents and staff of a fire.
You might remember my rant a week or so ago regarding the number of staff members that were on hand in Anderson County. One person cannot physically move 16 people out of a burning building with out tragic consequenses. Sprinklers will buy more time, at the least. In a perfect world fire sprinklers will extinguish a blaze. We must protect residents who put their safety in the hands of these facilities. It’s not as if the residents can get up in a hurry and go in a moments notice.
If you need more reasons drop me a note and we’ll talk about it. In the meantime, way to go AL!