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Despite rules, nursing homes still lack sprinklers

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Hundreds of nursing homes have failed to meet a federal deadline for fire-safety requirements.

Federal data shows that 385 facilities licensed to house more than 52,000 people total had not installed enough sprinklers or were missing them altogether as of July. That's despite a history of deadly nursing home fires and a five-year timeline to comply with the sprinkler rules.

Nursing home watchdog Brian Lee of Families for Better Care says failing to comply is gambling with a "catastrophic loss of life."

The federal agency that regulates nursing homes says it's working with facilities to get them to comply.

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