At a health care facility, it is crucial to meet health care fire and life safety regulation requirements. To be on top of fire and life safety regulatio requirements, you must maintain regular checkups on your fire safety system.
In a health care environment, it’s the responsibility of the health care staff to direct emergency procedures for patients and visitors. Patients and visitors are categorized as incapable of self-preservation.
The fire and life safety compliances should be in place during construction and occupancy.
In fact, inspection, testing and maintenance are all mandatory. Your health care facility will need to show the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) to demand documentation.
The AHJs usually ask the following questions:
How do you analyze your testing results?
What is your plan to correct the issues?
How are you handling the impairments?
It’s important to have a good understating of the requirements for ongoing testing, maintenance and documentation.
The majority of health care facilities use a concept called Defend-in-Place to protect vulnerable populations such as patients and visitors.
The defend-in-place approach focuses on egress systems, passive fire resistive containment and separations; and active fire protection systems of fire automatic sprinklers, automatic suppression systems, and stair pressurization and smoke control.
Passive and active systems are the code-require level of life safety for health care environments.
To maintain ongoing compliance, you need to ensure all active and passive systems remain functional and effective.
To accomplish this tasks, inspection, maintenance and ongoing testing of fire protection systems need to be followed through after construction and occupancy permits are validated.
Don’t overlook passive fire protection systems of firewalls, fire doors, fire dampers and smoke dampers. These protection systems require inspection and maintenance.
Life Safety Codes will help your health care facility staff to outline required inspection, testing and maintenance.
The purpose of inspections is to check for proper functionality. Check that doors close and latch. Check fire and smoke dampers for proper operation. Check holes in fire-rated walls. This all needs to be protected by through penetration.
Your health facility will always be prepared for fire and life safety if your health care staff focuses on education, inspections and data reviews. This will ensure your facility the highest level of fire safety and readiness.
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