London Fire Brigade (LFB) has revealed that there are more than ten fires a week in care homes across the capital, raising questions over whether more can be done to reduce the risk.
According to the emergency services, the majority of premises are not fitted with sprinklers, increasing the risk of injury to those living and working in these buildings.
The BBC reports that the LFB dealt with 540 fires in these homes last year alone, with two fatalities and 26 injured because of it.And with the Quality Care Commission's figures showing there are around 900 care homes for the elderly in the capital, local authorities are being urged to look at how things can be improved. Deputy Commissioner Rita Dexter told the news provider that changes must be made to guarantee the safety of those living in these properties.
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