Residential Care Home Fire Protection
In residential care premises and nursing homes, mobility issues and health conditions mean that the elderly are a high-risk group in the event of a fire-related emergency. At City Fire Protection, our qualified and certified team conduct fire risk assessments at registered care homes throughout London and Birmingham to highlight any potential fire safety risks in the building, as well as the measures that must be put in place to protect the property and its occupants.
Main Fire Risks for Nursing Homes
The most common care home fire risks include:
Any damaged, old or faulty electrical items pose a serious fire risk, so all equipment must be regularly checked and tested by a fire safety expert, including belongings kept in residents’ bedrooms.
Inadequate fire safety training
The absence of fire safety plans, evacuation training or correct staffing levels can all individually contribute towards an increased risk of fire in care homes. It’s important to make sure all fire safety training is up to date for prevention and protection purposes.
All kitchen appliances and cookers must be regularly checked to ensure they are operating correctly, and should not be stored near flammable materials.
Fire Extinguishers and Fire Alarms for Care Homes
Fire extinguishers and fire alarms must meet relevant quality assurance standards, be strategically installed for easy access, and regularly checked for damage, all of which a professional fire expert can take care of.
When it comes to a healthcare setting, there are specialist alarms for residents who are audio or visually impaired, and ‘Nurse Call’ systems are also available to improve the quality of residents’ care at the touch of a button in the event that they need immediate assistance.
Fire suppression systems are also particularly important in care homes given the different sources that might cause a fire to break out. These systems are designed to suppress the flames using a substance most suitable for the type of fire, such as electrical fires or cooking fires.
When it comes to care sector fire protection, don’t delay – find out more about the fire safety services we offer to care homes, hospice care premises and those with supported living throughout London and Birmingham by picking up the phone and giving us a call today.