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Huron County Looks At Replacing Senior Home Sprinkler Systems

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Price tag to replace fire extinguishing sprinklers $1.7 million.

A member of Huron County Council is calling for stricter oversight of sprinkler systems at Huronlea Home for the Aged in Brussels and Huronview Heartland Apartments in Clinton.

Councillor Paul Klopp was commenting Wednesday, during debate on replacing both systems at a cost of $1.7 million.

Klopp says the current fire suppression equipment at both seniors' facilities was poorly designed, and a site review reveals many of the pipes are clogged by corrosion.

The review adds that the corrosion was caused by condensation buildup inside the pipes.

Klopp adds he's frustrated that there seemed to be few inspections of either system.

In light of the review, Klopp believes Council will keep a sharp eye on the new system, and expects that inspection reports will be made available on demand.

Western Fire Protection of London has been contracted to remove and replace the sprinkler systems at both Huronlea and Huronview.

In a separate motion, Council has approved a recommendation that Allan Avis Architects of Goderich conduct regular reviews of the systems at a cost of $53 thousand.

Funding for the removal, replacement and inspection of the systems will come from the County's homes reserve fund.

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