Residential Care

The classification of residential care applies to a number of properties, including nursing and care homes, rehabilitation premises and residential care properties with live in clients or patients. These properties typically present a large number of vulnerable people who are at risk and therefore require a great deal of thought to effectively manage.

Fire management and prevention

The basic principles of fire safety are to identify risks and hazards and take steps to prevent them. A fire needs three things to break out; ignition, fuel and oxygen, which is why we start by highlighting these in the building.

There are a variety of potential ignition points that are commonly found in residential care properties, such as faulty electricals, smoking materials, cooking equipment and heaters (electrical, gas or oil). As a starting point these need to be identified as areas for potential hazard.

Fuel can take on many forms, in a residential care property this could be laundry, flammable cleaning chemicals, furniture, paper and many more. If a potential ignition point is too close to a fuel source, it can be a recipe for disaster. In fact, fire only needs one more thing to get started…

Oxygen is obviously everywhere in the air around us. However, there are points where oxygen can be increased, most commonly in ventilation systems for enclosed buildings. A residential care home will also often contain oxygen cylinders that are in use by clients and patients, these present an extra risk that needs to be accounted for.

As previously mentioned, residential care properties often have a high number of “people at risk”, which are people who are especially vulnerable in the event of a fire. Steps absolutely must be taken to ensure that there are procedures and facilities in place to safely evacuate these people in the event of an emergency.

At Walker Fire, our expert assessors and experts can help to ensure that your residential care property is up to standard and as safe as possible. We work alongside you to identify hazards and suggest improvements, as well as supplying quality services, products and training to ensure staff are aware of the steps they need to take in the event of a fire.

In summary:

The key things to know about fire safety in residential care properties are:

  • Residential care properties often contain a higher number of people who are at risk.
  • There are numerous potential points of ignition and fuel that need to be identified.
  • A plan needs to be in place to keep at-risk people safe and able to evacuate.
  • Walker Fire’s expert assessors can help to secure your building.

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