Crucial Things to Consider For Fire Safety

When it comes to vulnerable residents in care facilities, fire safety can, regrettably, mean the difference between life and death.

This was recently brought home by a horrific two-person Hertfordshire care home fire.

It is significantly more difficult to properly evacuate residents who are at risk of fire, such as the elderly, the sick, or the very young.

Staff shift schedules can make this even more challenging, particularly at night when there are typically fewer caregivers on the property.

1. Evaluation of Fire Risk

Any care facility is required by law to have a fire risk assessment.

This serves as the foundation for all of your fire safety plans and specifies the fire safety precautions required to ensure the safety of the residents and your particular care facility.

The requirements for your fire risk assessment must be:

be recorded if there are five or more individuals on the property;-be reviewed yearly as a matter of course;-be reviewed each time there is a major alteration to your property or the residents living there;

It goes without saying that you also need to make sure you follow the fire safety advice provided by your fire risk assessment.

2. The L1 Fire Alarm System

A fire alarm system known as a “L1” must be installed in care facilities in order to comply with fire safety laws. This essentially indicates that it provides the maximum amount of protection that a fire alarm system is capable of providing.

This is to provide employees and residents the maximum amount of time to escape the assisted living facility in the event of a fire.

Every room in the house has automatic detection, such as heat or smoke detectors, thanks to an L1 system. This even has a few big cabinets.

In addition to installing an L1 system, you must ensure that it is tested weekly by a qualified individual and serviced by a certified fire alarm engineer at least once every six months.

3. Extinguishers for fire

You probably already know that fire extinguishers are necessary if you are in charge of fire safety at a care facility.

Nonetheless, it’s critical to have the appropriate extinguishers in the appropriate places to combat the various kinds of fire.

Making sure that tenants can readily use the extinguishers on your property is another thing to think about.

Make sure the majority of people in a care home can hoist and use the extinguishers because most of the residents are old and there may be a large percentage of female caregivers.

Additionally, fire extinguishers require periodic servicing and replacement when they wear out. Check the service label on your extinguishers to see when the last service was performed.

4. Emergency Exits

To ensure fire safety in assisted living facilities, high-quality fire doors must be in good operating order. These will contain or impede the spread of the fire, allowing personnel and inhabitants to evacuate together.

Actually, fire doors are an essential component of “horizontal evacuation,” a crucial fire evacuation plan for assisted living facilities that we go over in section 5 below.

If you want to link your fire doors to your fire alarm, they can remain open during the day but will close on their own when the fire alarm sounds. We refer to these as “magnetic retainers.”

 

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