Debra Cheshier, director of long-term care for the Department of Health and Senior Services, said she was not surprised by the number of homes with at least one violation in the recent reports.
The state checks 13 categories of fire safety standards.
"It's very difficult for every facility to comply completely with every regulation," Cheshier
said."It's not unusual at all to do a full inspection and find some deficiencies."
The most serious offenses , such as nonworking alarm systems , are relatively unusual, Cheshier
said.As for sprinklers, she
knew of no home cited recently for nonworking sprinkler systems.
said the department had let some facilities with good inspection records go an extra year or so without another inspection, partly because the agency was short-staffed.But staff has recently been added, she
said, and she
is determined to make inspections as often as possible.
"There comes a point where you have to make inroads into getting the work done that we need to get done, even though we are short-staffed," Cheshier