Fire Safety in Healthcare Premises

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Fire safety for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Ensuring optimal fire safety within medical and healthcare establishments is paramount for employee well-being and asset protection. ISE Fire offers top-notch solutions tailored for hospitals, care homes, nurse and dental clinics, chemists and pharmacies, laboratories, and research institutions. From hospital fire safety and fire alarm systems to care home fire training, we prioritise comprehensive protection measures throughout Northants and the Greater Midlands.

What fire hazards affect hospitals and healthcare facilities?

There are a number of unique hazards present in commercial establishments like hospitals which present several fire hazards. Some typical causes of fire in this sector may include:

  • Electrical equipment malfunctions
  • Flammable gases and liquids
  • Oxygen-rich environments
  • Combustible materials
  • Improper storage of chemicals
  • Overloaded electrical circuits
  • Smoking or open flames
  • Cooking facilities
  • Blocked fire exits
  • Lack of staff training

Fortunately, ISE Fire is well positioned and experienced to identify these risks; create appropriate service plans; or to draft suitable fire training plans.

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What are the legal fire safety requirements for healthcare establishments?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the primary legislation governing fire safety in non-domestic premises, including in medical facilities like hospitals and care homes. The order places a duty on the responsible person (usually the owner or employer) to carry out a fire risk assessment, implement appropriate fire safety measures, and provide adequate training to staff and students. There is a field of supporting literature which has helped create the standards for fire safety expected in the UK commercial sector, such as Fire Safety Risk Assessment: Healthcare Premises.

  • Means of Escape: Healthcare premises must have clearly marked escape routes, unobstructed fire exits, and emergency lighting systems to help occupants evacuate the building safely in the event of a fire.
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems: Medical premises such as hospitals and care homes must have appropriate fire detection and alarm systems in place, including smoke detectors, heat detectors, and manual call points. The systems must be regularly maintained and tested to ensure they are in working order.
  • Fire Suppression Systems: Depending on the size and layout of the building, healthcare facilities may be required to install fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers or mist systems.
  • Staff Training: All staff members in care homes and other healtcare facilities must receive adequate training on fire safety procedures, including how to evacuate the building safely and how to use fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers.
  • Fire Safety Signage: Clear and visible fire safety signs must be displayed throughout the building, including exit signs, fire extinguisher signs, and fire assembly point signs.
  • Fire Risk Assessments: Medical establishments must carry out regular fire risk assessments to identify potential hazards and implement appropriate fire safety measures. The risk assessments should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure they remain effective.
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Services we provide to hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities

Fire Risk Assessment

Highly qualified and experienced fire risk assessors will assess fire safety, prevention and protection strategies for your healthcare facility.

Fire Extinguishers

Professional installation, supply, and servicing of fire extinguishers for hospitals, care homes and clinics.

Fire Alarms

We provide professional installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems to prevent incidents like hospital fires and fires in care homes.

Fire Safety Training

Care home and hospital fire safety training, encompassing fire extinguisher training and fire awareness training for effective fire prevention and detection.

Northants, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and beyond!

We regularly visit areas around the Midlands and have a distribution of ISE Fire locations throughout the region. This makes us the ideal choice for routine servicing, training, and other specific local needs.

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ISE New fire alarm system June 2020

We had a new fire alarm system installed at The Silverstone Branch Surgery in June. The 2 men worked for 3 days in a busy GP practice and completed the task exceptionally well. They worked without disturbing the staff and patients, whilst considering the extreme difficulties with the Corona Virus precautions as well.

The work was completed on time and all cleared and tidy when they left.

The staff said the 2 engineers were very pleasant and they didn’t know they were there!

Nigel at head office coordinated the work well and was always easy to contact. I would recommend the company to anyone.

Ann Waters - Practice Manager - Brook Health Care Centre

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