The Importance Of Fire Protection Systems For Healthcare Facilities

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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:

 

  • All occupants or people using the building, including persons with disabilities (which is especially relevant in healthcare facilities), must be protected.
  • Both the spread and the intensity of any fire within buildings with be minimised, within and outside of the building
  • The building should have and retain sufficient stability so it does not endanger any other building
  • Any generation and spread of smoke need to be minimised and controlled to the greatest extent possible
  • Adequate equipment for detecting, controlling, fighting and extinguishing any fire needs to be in place.

     

    Read the rest of the Act.

    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.

    Contact Fireco to ensure that your Fire Protection System is efficient.

    The Importance Of Fire Protection Systems For Healthcare Facilities

    By Kirstie Ricketts

    Installing a comprehensive fire protection and prevention system in a healthcare facility is not only extremely important, it is also a very complicated project.
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