Contempo Closet Aims to Provide Affordable Alternatives for Nursing Homes Seeking to Comply with New Built In Closet Sprinkler Regulations
March 2, 2012
In the wake of a new Life Safety Code requiring all nursing homes to install expensive, intricate sprinkler systems in their built in closets, Contempo Closet hopes to offer a viable alternative with their freestanding wardrobes and storage furnishings.
In August 2013, a new Life Safety Code Requirement from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will force nearly 16,000 nursing homes to install intricate sprinkler systems in their built in closet facilities in order to ensure the safety of the 3 million elderly citizens residing in nursing homes nationwide. NJ Furniture Manufacturer Contempo Closet aims to offer these nursing homes a more affordable alternative to expanded sprinkler systems with Contempo Closet’s line of freestanding wardrobes and storage systems.
According to the Dept. of Health and Human Services, “freestanding wardrobes are considered FURNITURE,” which “need NOT be sprinklered.” The Dept. elaborates further in a 2005 letter stating:
“CMS does not require that freestanding portable wardrobe units used as a closet to store clothing and other resident personal belongings have a sprinkler installed within them…As a piece of furniture they would not be required to have a sprinkler installed in the interior of the wardrobe.”
The alternative, expanding existing sprinkler systems into pre-existing built in closet systems is a costly, time-consuming process, requiring the attention of a contractor, architect, and engineer specializing in fire protection. The survey and bid process alone, which would require the expertise of the aforementioned individuals, would only account for a quarter of the costs necessary to fully expand a ceiling sprinkler system.
The expansion of a full sprinkler system is a costly, time-consuming process, whereas the simple purchase of a freestanding wardrobe would fully comply with the Life Safety Code requirements. Contempo Closet hopes to offer nursing homes throughout the US a cost-efficient alternative to meet the standards set by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services with their freestanding wardrobes and storage accessories.
Additionally, a new line of wardrobes boasts a refreshing interior design ambiance, creating a practical and visually appealing storage solution. Contempo Closet’s line of freestanding wardrobe products come in a wide variety of sizes and finishes, and can be custom tailored to fit any space’s pre-existing décor.
Contempo Closet, a member of the Contempo Space family, specializes in custom closets, wardrobes, dressers and more. Design consultants and craftsmen work with customers to create the perfect piece for any space to best meet the customer’s needs. Delivery and on-site assembly are also available upon request.