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A deadly fire at a Quebec seniors' home is raising questions about the patchwork of rules around sprinkler use across the country, especially in buildings that house vulnerable seniors.

For years, fire safety advocates have been calling for sprinklers to become as widespread as fire alarms. It’s believed the combination of fire alarms and fire sprinklers can cut the risk of deadly home fires by 80 per cent.

“We know that sprinklers do save lives,” said Laurie Johnston, CEO of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association.

(Photo: A crane knocks down a wall after a fatal fire destroyed a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que. Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)
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The laws are due for an update. Residential sprinklers are actually discouraged  by arbitrary requirements for water pressure and are grudgingly allowed on a limited basis. How one hour drywall can be safer than a sprinkler at 75% pressure is beyond comprehension.
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