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Protecting Lives: Fire Safety Tips for Care Facilities

In medical care facilities, looking after your staff is just as important as looking after the residents inside. To do so, it’s vital to ensure you have considered all the ways fires can impact your business, including how to help those inside your property to exit swiftly in the event of an emergency. Read on to find out more about fire safety in care facilities, from understanding risk to implementing fire door signs.


Understand the Risks


Often, particular spaces may be more likely to experience a fire than others. By spotting these areas beforehand, you can ensure that they are protected in the event of an emergency and that the necessary precautions are taken to make them safe. Places like kitchens are more likely to experience fires, for example, so make sure fire blankets and extinguishers are positioned in these spaces.


Make Signage Obvious


Fire exits need to be clear so that staff, patients, and visitors can leave in the event of an emergency. These should be positioned to lead all visitors and residents towards a safe exit if there is a fire or a similar emergency. Fire exit signs also need to be large and will need to continue to operate if the electricity goes out. Similarly, fire doors should also be marked to help those using them know that they should keep them closed when not in use.


Carry Out Fire Drills


In any workplace or medical facility, fire drills are key to ensuring that everyone within the building knows where they should go in the event of an emergency. Fire drills should be carried out at least once a year. Designating a meeting point outside should also help everyone know where to go after a fire, which should also be listed on each fire action sign.


Keep Fire Extinguishers Accessible


In a busy environment such as a medical facility, it can be tempting to hide away a fire extinguisher while moving essential items around. Fire extinguishers need to be kept accessible at all times to be used in an emergency. Make sure all staff and patients are not covering fire extinguishers by informing them of their locations. Fire extinguishers should be marked clearly.


Our Services in Kent


Fire extinguisher companies are valuable for all businesses, helping them to adhere to all relevant fire safety regulations. If you’re searching for a trustworthy business based in Kent, look no further than EK Fire Protection. We can offer you high-quality fire door signs and fire alarms, used to ensure all residents and staff can leave safely. Visit our website to learn more about us and what we do at EK Fire Protection. Please feel free to contact us directly should you have any further questions.

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