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Seniors' home evacuated due to fire caused by smokingApr 18, 2018
According to CTV news, The source of a fire in an Edmonton seniors' home on Monday night was smoking-related materials. Full details about the incident are available in the news story.
Seniors and others living in assisted-living facilities often have pre-existing health conditions that can be exacerbated by second-hand smoke exposure, and they are more likely to have mobility issues increasing their risk of harm in the case of a fire. Fires like the one on Monday night are truly tragic occurrences. Developing and implementing smoke-free policies for seniors' housing isn't always easy, and is best done with a considerable amount of resident engagement. Still, more often then not such policies are achievable and are in the best interest of all residents and staff.