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Sprinklers Now Compulsory for New South Wales Nursing Homes

By on August 17, 2012 in Business, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Every residential nursing home and care center in New South Wales now must have a competent and well-functioning sprinkler system in place by 2016, at the farthest, to ensure that it still continues to offer its services.

That is pretty much what the latest legislation mandates and it is a move that has been welcomed by many, not just across the country, but also across the globe.

There is no doubt that every individual who is being cared for in a nursing home deserves the best safety facilities that can be possibly provided and having an able sprinkler system to deal with fire hazards definitely should have been mandatory long time back.

The new mandatory sprinklers rule was brought about after state authorities found that about 55 percent of the existing nursing homes did not have any such system in place. And the government has asked care centers to install fire safety systems and sprinklers within 18 months and if that is not possible due to financial constraints, then the deadline will be extended to 2016, with periodical reviews.

While safety experts and ordinary citizens welcome the initiative, many of the care homes are understandably worried. While they too would like to provide every safety measure possible, the growing costs of running care homes along with the lack of sufficient government funds might mean that many of them might even have to close down a year or two down the line, thanks to the new rule.

Considering the nature of those living in care homes and how quickly fire hazards can lead to dangerous situations, the government feels at this point that compromising on the issue might lead to serious consequences. Hence it is better to enforce the new regulation than to back down due to fiscal concerns.

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