At Revera, our top priority has always been, and will always be, to ensure the health and safety of our residents and one of the ways we do this is through our commitment to fire safety. October 9 – 15
marked National Fire Prevention Week and Revera Retirement communities and Long Term Care homes across the country participated by reinforcing fire prevention awareness and education with staff and residents.
Some of Revera’s residences invited fire safety experts to speak to staff and residents about the importance of fire prevention. Donway Place Retirement Community in Toronto, ON welcomed Chris Reynolds from Forest City Fire Protection who spoke to residents and staff about key fire prevention tips. At McKenzie Towne Retirement Community in Calgary, AB, Tim McLachlan from Riverstar Fire Protection spoke about fire system maintenance best practices.
Whether its fire prevention or maintenance best practices, there are many things we can all do to prevent a fire. Here are some tips to help you be fire-safe:
- Make sure you replace your smoke alarm every 10 years
- Know what to do if the fire alarm goes off in your home
- Participate in regular fire drills – the repetitive practice of a fire drill is designed to help you act instinctively in case of a real fire emergency
Please scroll below for more information about Revera’s commitment and leadership in fire safety.
Staff and residents at Terrace Gardens Retirement Community in Toronto, Ontario welcomed Mayor John Tory, along with City Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb, for a meet and greet over tea time.
While at the community, Tory spoke about the need to ensure the city’s priorities reflect the needs of our seniors. He also mentioned that he had visited several Revera communities and said “Revera is a good company that treats their staff and residents well.”
During the event, Tory engaged with many residents and staff, posed for photographs and gave autographs.
Revera Honoured for Leadership in Fire Safety
Revera is a recognized Canadian leader in fire safety. Because the health and well-being of residents is always our first priority, we invested $55 million to retrofit all of our retirement communities and long-term care homes across Canada with sprinklers. This work was completed in 2012. We are proud of our investment in this area and pleased to have been recognized publicly for it.
From left to right: Tony Spiteri (CASA Ontario Regional Chairman); Kevin Foster (Fire Chief town of Midland & President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs); David Hamilton (Revera); Anthony Fallone (Revera); Sean Pearce (CASA National Marketing Manager
Canadian Automated Sprinkler Association Award
The Canadian Automated Sprinkler Association (CASA) acknowledged Revera with an award for its leadership in fire safety in October 2013. In presenting the award, the CASA noted Revera’s management of fire safety protocols and the exceptional cooperation of site staff during sprinkler installations.
Anthony Fallone, VP Technical Services accepted the award on Revera’s behalf at the at an award ceremony. “Our decision to install sprinklers in all of our homes wasn’t simply about adhering to government mandates, at Revera our top priority has always been and will always be ensuring the health and safety of our residents and employees,” said Anthony.
Selected for Ontario Government’s Fire Safety Announcement
Because Revera had already taken the initiative to retrofit all of our properties with sprinklers, the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services chose a Revera Retirement Community as the site of their May 2013 announcement that Ontario was moving to make automatic sprinklers mandatory in all residences for seniors, people with disabilities and vulnerable citizens.
Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services made the announcement at Revera’s The Annex Retirement Residence, while Steve Foster, Revera’s Senior Vice President Retirement Living, for Revera hosted the announcement. Linda Jeffrey, the Minister for Municipal Affairs & Housing, and Mario Sergio, the Minister Responsible for Seniors were in attendance, along with the Fire Marshall of Ontario, the President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and the CEO of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association.