Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Life Safety And Fire Protection In Hospitals

Bison Fire's guide to Life Safety in Hospitals

Patient health and safety are top priorities in hospitals, which means installing a fire protection system should also be a top priority. Properly-functioning fire prevention and suppression systems not only keep patients safe, but also protect the staff, visitors, and equipment used by doctors and staff to treat patients and help them heal.

A Hospital’s Unique Risks

Hospitals are chaotic places, which means that they come with their own unique sets of challenges and complications which can lead to an increased risk of fire.

Below are some of the most important factors to take into consideration when planning your hospital fire safety plan:

Evacuation

Proper fire prevention is necessary in hospitals for multiple reasons. Firstly, patients in hospitals are often injured or critically ill, which means walking independently is often difficult, or in some cases impossible.

With this in mind, it’s critical for hospitals to have fire protection systems which will quickly extinguish a fire or detect a fire when it is in the early enough stages that the hospital has adequate time to evacuate all patients who can’t leave on their own.

Another significant risk is that hospitals have multiple floors, and if a fire occurs on a higher-level floor is can further complicate evacuation efforts.

Surgical Procedures

Fires are a serious threat to patients who are undergoing surgical procedures, as many surgeries can’t be interrupted because it may put the patient’s life at risk.

This makes effective fire prevention and suppression critical, not just to the overall safety in the hospital, but also to protecting the lives of the patients who are under the knife when a fire starts.

Labs Have Flammable Materials

Many hospitals have labs where specimens are sent for testing. These labs often use flammable materials and chemicals which can not only cause fires, but can accelerate the growth rate of a fire if it manages to infiltrate this area of the hospital.

Hospital labs must always be equipped with proper fire suppression systems which are tested on a regularly scheduled basis.

Kitchens

Hospitals often have large kitchens which constantly churn out food to feed patients, staff, and visitors alike, making this area a hotspot for fire-related activity. As a result, it’s important that all kitchen hood suppression systems and fire extinguishers are tested and in proper working condition to prevent fires from occurring in the kitchen of a hospital.

Hospital Fire Protection in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and NorthWestern Ontario

For hospitals in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina who are looking to know more about how to protect patients and staff from fires, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.

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