Fire safety is vital in all facilities. In health care buildings it is even more important. The use of flammable liquids in cleaning and medical care, along with immobile occupants, can mean variable tactics are needed to ensure safety. Technology has improved fire safety immeasurably and many tools are available to keep your staff and patients safe. Below we give the vital information for anyone dealing with fire alarm monitoring in healthcare facilities.
Creating a Plan
There are many problems that make fire safety in healthcare facilities a unique prospect compared to other properties. This is because many patients are not able to move easily, and there will not be enough staff to move them out. Therefore, developing a plan for fire alarm monitoring in healthcare must be one that uses the concept of protection over evacuation.
Before any considering alarms systems, the building itself must be designed with fire safety in mind. Doors must be fire resistant and any wards must include closed smoke doors, particularly on wards and leading into sections.
There are a number of codes and standards relating to the correct implementation of fire safety in healthcare facilities. These are the NFPA 72, 99, and 101. Organizers and managers of facilities must be familiar with this.
It is important that during fire alarms installation, fitting is done using zones. This allows the source of a fire to be located with accuracy. The fire department can then locate the fire on time and deal with the situation.
Magnetic release doors can close off zones in many instances. When triggered by smoke alerts, the doors will close and lock using magnets. This allows them to be opened freely during the day but secured in the event of a fire.
Any alarm systems, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems must all use the same zoning system. Use professionals that have experience in installing safety equipment in healthcare buildings to synchronize these tools.
Fire Alarm Monitoring Equipment
When choosing equipment, the alerts and notifications they offer should be a deciding factor. As well as alarms, you should consider speaker units. These can give important information and real-time messaging.
Combine these with a code system delivered to hospital staff in training sessions. Commands such as ‘code 1’ or ‘code green’ can relay messages to workers without panicking patients.
It is mandatory that all corridors in a healthcare facility must contain sprinklers and smoke detectors, as well as any areas leading to passages. This also includes any sleeping rooms in nursing homes.
The most important maintenance with regard to fire and evacuation safety is the implementation of regular safety drills. All staff must also undergo regular training, instructing them what to do in an evacuation.
Check your system at least once a month. Ask outside providers to check equipment and regularly and test it.
It is not advisable to fit fire alarm monitoring systems yourself. Neither is it advisable to ask builders of the facility to install them. A correct fire safety installation group will have experience in where and how to install equipment while keeping it compliant with national safety standards.
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