Recovery Houses: Non-Compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code and Implications for Life Safety

This study is intended to raise awareness and initiate discussion around fire and life safety issues existing at non-compliant recovery houses in Surrey, British Columbia, and to provide the rationale for increased coverage of safety at these facilities with a fire sprinkler requirement. Recovery houses provide valuable services for persons recovering from substance abuse, along with food and shelter while in residential treatment. They play an important role in supporting recovering addicts and their re-integration back into society.

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