WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2019
National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12. This is a good time to review fire safety and regulations aimed at protecting your facility. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly half of fires at healthcare facilities happened at nursing homes. There were an estimated 2,700 fires reported at long-term care facilities between 2012 and 2014. These fires resulted in deaths, injuries and thousands of dollars in damages and losses. The majority of the blazes were small in size and related to cooking, in fact, sixty-six percent were confined to cooking vessels.
- The area being served is limited to 30 beds or less.
- The area is separated from other portions of the facility by a smoke barrier.
- The range hood and stovetop meet certain standards—
- A switch must be located in the area that is used to deactivate the cook top or range whenever the kitchen is not under staff supervision.
- The switch also has a timer, not exceeding 120-minute capacity that automatically shuts off after time runs out.
- Two smoke detectors must be located no closer than 20 feet and not further than 25 feet from the cooktop or range.