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GAO Recommends Improvements in Fire Safety for Nursing Homes

The General Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a report with recommendations on strengthening federal fire safety standards for nursing homes. In 2003, 31 residents died...
July 28, 2004

The General Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a report with recommendations on strengthening federal fire safety standards for nursing homes. In 2003, 31 residents died in nursing home fires in Nashville, Tennessee and Hartford, Connecticut. Current federal fire safety standards did not require either nursing home to have automatic sprinkler systems. The GAO was asked to report on the rationale for not requiring all nursing homes to have sprinklers; the adequacy of federal fire safety standards; and the effectiveness of state and federal oversight of nursing home fire safety.

What It Means to Agents:  Many PIA members have among their commercial insureds nursing homes. The GAO report is an important resource for these insureds.

Nursing Home Fire Safety (Full GAO report 7/16/04)

Nursing Home Fire Safety (One-page summary 7/16/04)

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