New fire-sprinkler codes in effect

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Fire sprinklers are now officially required in all nursing homes, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The NFPA's oversight committee, the Standards Council, issued provisions that apply to the 2006 editions of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code ® and NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code ®; they went into effect late last week. The council and NFPA membership officially endorsed the measures at the association's annual conference in June.

The nursing home provisions, which were issued along with several others, were in direct response to deadly nursing home fires in Nashville and Connecticut two years ago. The measures call for sprinklers in all existing nursing homes, as well as new ones.

NFPA is an international nonprofit organization that provides and advocates for consensus codes and standards, research, training and education. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org.

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