Fire Safety: Do All Nursing Homes Have Plans?

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:00pm by

Last fall, in a blog post, we discussed how some nursing homes in the U.S. were having issues meeting federal standards when it came to fire prevention. Photo of fire

At the time, despite a mandated 2013 deadline to install sprinkler systems, nearly 400 facilities in 39 states failed to meet the guideline set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Remember, if your loved one suffers burns or dies because of a fire at a nursing home, you may want to have the incident investigated.

Unfortunately, many burn accidents and fires at nursing homes are caused by the poor decisions of other people at the facilities, including other patients and employees. When a facility does not have a good fire safety plan in place, the consequences of even a small fire can be disastrous.

We bring this up again because recently there was a fire in a New Jersey nursing home that seriously injured a resident.

Toms River Resident Injured in Nursing Home Fire

According to the, a woman suffered severe burns to her head and face on February 8, after her room caught fire at the Shore Meadows Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Toms River.

The resident, identified as Romana Glaser, 59, was burned after her neighbors evacuated the facility. The sprinklers reportedly worked following the fire and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Glaser was taken by helicopter to the burn center at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she was listed in critical condition following the fire.

Having a Nursing Home Fire Investigated

As this case shows, nursing home fires can prove to be devastating, as residents are very vulnerable to the actions of other inhabitants and their environment. Again, if your loved one is injured in an incident at a nursing home, it may be wise to have his or her case investigated by an attorney, who could help determine if negligence helped contribute to his or her injuries.

For more information about nursing home neglect incidents, including advice about how to handle instances of abuse or misconduct, continue to follow our blog or visit our social media pages.

Remember, fire injuries and deaths may fall under premises liability law in New Jersey. As we mentioned in the blog last year about fires, to view fire prevention information about a specific facility in New Jersey, you can click here.

Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys


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