Seniors and people with disabilities are most vulnerable when it comes to fire.

If you are considering a care, long-term care or retirement home for yourself, a relative, or a friend, here are some important questions to ask the operators of these facilities:

  1. Has the facility had a recent fire safety inspection?
  2. Is the building well maintained?
  3. Are the doors and hallways free of obstructions?
  4. Are there fire safety features in place, such as: sprinklers, extinguishers, clear exits, smoke alarms, emergency lighting, self-closing devices on doors, general fire alarm?
  5. If there is a safety plan (approved by the fire department) in place and is it reviewed regularly?
  6. Have staff received fire safety training?
  7. Are fire drills held regularly?
  8. Is the room/floor of the building suitable given your loved one’s ability to evacuate in the event of a fire?
  9. Are there enough staff available to carry out an evacuation/escape plan if there is a fire?
  10. Are there guidelines for people who smoke such as a designated outdoor area, separate room and/or staff supervision?