The General Assembly could certainly force all owners of these facilities to add sprinklers by a specific date. However, that would likely come with a steep bill for taxpayers. It also could result in the closing of numerous facilities and the release of hundreds of state patients. Fire investigators have suggested sprinklers might not have helped in Anderson because of where the fire started.
Monday, December 04, 2006
St. Joseph editorial: Requiring sprinkler systems could cause group homes to close
An editorial in today's St. Joseph News-Press suggests caution before passing legislation in the wake of the Anderson Guest House fire that would require all group homes to install sprinkler systems: