Excerpt from: 570 News (click for full article)
Automatic sprinkler systems will be mandatory in long-term care facilities and retirement homes in the province. The new regulations were announced Thursday morning but will not be implemented until January 1, 2014. Currently only new facilities are required to have automatic systems.
Over one hundred facilities in Kitchener and 12 facilities in Waterloo will be impacted by the new provincial legislation. Public Education Office with Waterloo Fire Rescue, John Percy tells 570 News that once the new regulations are implemented into the Ontario Fire Code, education for owners, operators and staff at facilities will start.
“There will be a little bit of an education and awareness process for each fire department across the province to work with their facilities to first make them aware of the changes…and then adopting that and then the implementation period will be the next one [step].”