Fire safety is one of the most high pressure and significant components of healthcare facility management. The reality is that there is no room for error; you must do everything in your power to keep your patients safe.
From 2007-2011, there were about 2,600 fires per year in nursing homes and 1,200 more in hospitals, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found. Those fires led to 140 injuries per year and three deaths — along with nearly $18 million in annual property damage.
The people inside these facilities — unlike a shopping mall, school, or sporting arena — are often sick, disabled, or elderly.
Facility managers must therefore be vigilant in keeping their patients safe. Luckily, attention to detail and routine safety checks can help to keep fires under control or prevent them altogether.
Here are six core strategies to ensure fire safety in your healthcare facility:Read More