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The Importance Of Fire Protection Systems For Healthcare Facilities
Installing a comprehensive fire protection and prevention system in a healthcare facility is not only extremely important, it is also a very complicated project.
The fire protection company needs to ensure that all codes and standards in the ever-changing, complex medical industry are adhered to ensure the maximum protection of the people, building and assets.
For all buildings, including healthcare facilities, adhering to the SANS 10400: Part T legislation in South Africa is extremely important. This means that:
Patients in healthcare facilities are presumed incapable of self-preservation. This means that in-place fire and life safety features along with knowledgeable, trained staff is essential. This needs to be provided in conjunction with healthy, safe fire protection systems.
Healthcare facilities include medical nursing homes, residential treatment centres, geriatric care facilities and all other institutions which have accommodation facilities while providing medical treatment for short or long periods.