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There are a variety of buildings that can be classed as healthcare premises, including hospitals, medical centres, health centres and many others. One of the chief concerns at many healthcare premises is that there is often a much higher than average number of fire hazards and people who could be considered at risk.
Fire management and prevention
Identifying fire hazards and taking steps to prevent or remove the threat is the very essence of fire safety. A fire only needs three things to start and spread; ignition, fuel and oxygen, all three of which are found in abundance at healthcare premises.
Sources of ignition could be any number of things in healthcare premises, such as faulty electricals, cooking equipment or lighting. Also, physiotherapy and X-ray departments present a significant risk as a source of ignition. Each of these need to be identified as potential risks so that they can be effectively managed.
Fuel is also commonplace at many healthcare premises with many flammable chemicals and gases typically stored in large quantities on site, as well as the usual laundry, textiles and waste products that can help a fire to spread. It’s critical to ensure that anything that could be considered fuel is not stored in the vicinity of a potential ignition point.
Finally, oxygen, which is in the air all around us. However, many healthcare premises also have ventilation systems which can aid the spread of a fire, as well as stored medical oxygen supplies, such as those in cylinders. There are also a number of chemicals that might be found on site that have oxidising properties.
Identifying people at risk within healthcare premises is a large task, this can include employees who work alone, disabled people, incapacitated patients, people with an injury and basically anyone who might have difficulty evacuating or go undetected in the event of a fire. Of course, in this case, there is likely to be a huge amount of people that fall into each of these categories. It’s critical that there’s a plan in place to ensure the safe evacuation of everyone in the event of an emergency.
Walker Fire provide a wide range of high-quality services and products to help safeguard healthcare premises, starting with a thorough risk assessment. We also provide comprehensive training for staff members to ensure they know how to effectively prevent fire and what actions to take should one break out.
The key things to know about fire safety at healthcare premises are:
- Healthcare premises usually have a large number of people at risk.
- Healthcare premises often have many ignition, fuel and oxygen sources.
- Healthcare premises can be large buildings that require thorough checks.
- Walker Fire can help with our range of high-quality services, products and training.
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Why choose us?
There are many reasons to choose Walker Fire and our quality first approach to fire safety. We’re passionate about what we do and strive for nothing short of excellence for our clients
We are a BS EN3 ISO 9001 Registered Company and all of our equipment is kite marked to BS EN3.
75 years experience in fire safety
Founded in 1940, we have been providing our quality fire safety services and products ever since.
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