Protecting Your Care Facilities

Fire Sprinklers in Care Facilities

Star Fire Systems is dedicated to the advancement of fire safety for all vulnerable Ontarians.  We have been installing, maintaining and servicing fire protection systems in care facilities for more than 15 years. Star Fire Systems staff are committed to the welfare of existing and future residents of these facilities.  We have a training program for staff that takes into consideration issues specific to occupied care facilities and the special care required to work in these environments.

Sean Pearce Star Fire Sytems General Manager was a contributing member of the technical advisory committee and is always available to answer any questions that you may have.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.    If you would like to join our Care Facility Mailing List please click here.


  • The Province established a technical advisory committee to review fire safety in care facilities.
  • As of Jan. 1, 2013, all retirement home operators are required by law to have safety plans for residents, including emergency planning in case of fire and other risks.
  • The Technical Advisory Committee was comprised of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, industry representatives and those involved in the administration of long-term care facilities, retirement homes, and other occupancies for seniors and vulnerable people.
  • All licensed retirement homes and most private care facilities will have up to five years to install sprinklers. Some care and treatment facilities, including public long-term care homes, will have an 11 year phase-in period to coincide with redevelopment plans scheduled to be completed by 2025.
  • Since 1998, most newly built retirement homes in Ontario have been required to have sprinklers.
  • The Retirement Home Act, 2010, requires that information about whether or not a retirement home has a fire sprinkler system be publicly available.
  • More than 50,000 seniors live in about 700 retirement homes in Ontario. The Technical Advisory Committee also looked at 400 long-term care facilities and 3,000 other homes for vulnerable residents.
  • By 2017, Ontario will be home to more people over the age of 65 than children under age 15



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