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Ontario may force older nursing homes to install sprinklers sooner

TORONTO - Ontario will consider speeding up the phase-in of sprinkler systems in nursing and retirement homes following a deadly blaze that destroyed a nursing home in eastern Quebec, Health Minister Deb Matthews said Friday. Ontario introduced new regulations last year to require all nursing homes built before 1998, which were previously exempt from the regulation, to install sprinkler systems, but said they could take five to 10 years to complete the retrofits.

Grim search begins for victims of Quebec seniors home

Authorities battled harsh winter conditions Friday as they began a grim search for victims and the cause of a fire at a Quebec seniors home that killed at least five. Some three dozen people remain unaccounted for after the blaze a day earlier decimated the three-storey building. All hotspots were extinguished overnight and teams of policemen, firefighters, officials from the coroner's office and others started at dawn combing through the structure, Quebec provincial police spokesman Guy Lapointe told a press conference.

Ontario may force older nursing homes to install sprinklers sooner

TORONTO - Ontario is looking to speed up the phase-in of sprinkler systems in nursing and retirement homes following the deadly blaze that destroyed a nursing home in eastern Quebec. Ontario introduced new regulations last year to require all nursing homes built before 1998, which were previously exempt from sprinkler regulations, to install sprinkler systems, but said they could take five to 10 years to complete the retrofits.

Ontario ministers expected to announce changes to fire code today

TORONTO, Cananda - New provincial fire safety requirements are expected to be announced today. Premier Kathleen Wynne hinted Monday that more changes were on the way after she promised to make automatic sprinklers mandatory in all homes for seniors and for people with disabilities. She said legislation regarding the sprinklers would be unveiled next week, but didn't specify when the new systems would have to be installed.

Wynne promises automatic sprinkler systems in all Ontario nursing homes

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne says the Ontario government will force older nursing homes and retirement facilities to be retrofitted with water sprinkler systems. Wynne says the Liberals will make automatic sprinklers mandatory in all homes for seniors and for people with disabilities, but she didn't give a time frame for when the fire safety systems must be installed. The premier got a standing ovation from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs when she announced the government would unveil the necessary legislation next week.

Extinguisher that can be thrown into fire launched

Faisal International has launched a fire extinguisher, the first of its kind in Oman, which can be thrown into a fire to put it out.In an event held at International College of Engineering and Management on Sunday, live demonstrations of the extinguisher from Bonex, named Flame Out FR911, were given.
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