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5 Core Strategies to Achieve Fire Safety in Healthcare Facilities

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 2012-2014, there were about 5,700 fires at medical facilities, according to FEMA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Those fires led to 25 injuries per year and five deaths — along with around $5 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:

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A Plan Needs People: Training Your Staff for Restaurant Fire Safety

Commercial kitchens are breeding grounds for deadly fires. Restaurants hold the highest potential for fires of any structure due to the high concentration of fire-causing variables. In fact, “there are approximately 8,160 structure fires at eating and drinking establishments each year. More than 50% of these fires were caused by cooking equipment.”

While fires are largely unpredictable events, there are ways to prevent their potential outbreak by limiting and controlling the variables that cause them. And the only plausible way to truly reduce the potentiality for fires at your establishment is to train your staff in the ways of restaurant fire safety.

If each and every member of your staff is prepared for the worst, and aware of all of the preventative measures they can take during their day to day duties, then fires will hold far less destructive potential for you, your business, your staff, and most importantly, your customers.

Let’s walk through some of the ways you can prepare your staff for when fire emergencies hit their boiling points.


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