Nursing homes should have plans for fire
Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 29, 2015 in Wrongful Death
Individuals who place their loved ones in nursing homes often do not do so before completing a certain amount of research and making sure the facility they select meets certain requirements. While cleanliness and the staff to resident ratio are definitely things that should be considered in the course of this process, there is something else that should be looked into as wellâhow well the facility appears to be equipped to handle a fire should one occur.
Both the flames and smoke are always potentially dangerous when a fire occurs. They could result in serious damage, injuries and even death. The possibility is even greater when those involved are elderly and unable to move quickly. For the best chance of an elderly resident of a nursing home surviving a fire there are several things that should be looked for.
The first is to make sure that those who work at the facility answer your safety questions and take them seriously when they are asked. One of those question should be whether an evacuation plan has been created should the need arise. Along those same lines, sprinklers, smoke detectors and alternative exits should be in place. All exists should be clear as should the halls leading to them. In addition, the building should be well maintained.
In the tragic situations where injury, or death, does occur in a nursing home setting to a resident, a lawsuit may be appropriate. When successful, the financial compensation recovered could be helpful to those injured or left behind.
Source: National Fire Protection Association, Nursing Home Safety,? Oct. 6, 2004