In healthcare facilities, a fire can be devastating to the patients and workers. Many people in hospitals can’t leave their beds because of their physical condition or medical status. This makes fire prevention a primary concern for managers, staff and patients in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Here are some important factors to ensure fire safety in your healthcare facility:
Routinely check electrical outlets and wires. Examine electrical cords and plugs for damage, nicks, or frayed areas. Do not run electrical cords under rugs or carpets. Don’t overload extension cords or electrical outlets. Replace any appliances, tools, or equipment that causes sparks, smoke or unusual odors.
Take extra precautions where fires are most likely. Cooking equipment is where most fires start. Make sure grease and other flammable substances don’t build up on kitchen equipment. Clean washer and dryer lint traps in laundry rooms. Ensure flammable substances are safely and securely stored.
Prohibit smoking within the facility, especially among patients. Designate a smoking area outside and provide deep, tip-resistant metal ashtrays. Do not allow anyone to smoke near oxygen supplies. Carelessness with cigarettes or other smoking materials is a leading cause of fires.
Make sure fire suppression systems and alarms are operational. Make sure alarms and detectors are serviced regularly. Follow requirements for placement and maintenance of fire alarms, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire suppression systems.
Establish a fire safety and evacuation plan. Inform everyone working in the facility of these procedures. Try to conduct fire drills to make sure all employees know what to do in case of a fire and which evacuation route s to use. Make sure employees know where fire alarms are located and how to activate them. Train personnel in the use of fire extinguishers. Know where oxygen and compressed gas shut-off controls are and how to use them.
Fire safety in healthcare facilities requires routine inspections and vigilance from the management team to ensure everyone’s safety. Call Fire Control Systems today to provide all your fire safety needs at your healthcare facility.