12 Sep Fire Safety Training for Hospital Staff
Hospital and care facilities demand the greatest level of the correct fire and safety awareness and training. Patients who for example who are unable to walk, breath or communicate properly can become extremely panicked at the same time as having their life put at risk from the result of incorrect safety procedures. By ensuring proper fire safety training in hospitals will help you not only save staff from danger, but also save patients who would otherwise be helpless in the event of a fire. Hospitals are overwhelmed with items that could be potentially dangerous in the case of a fire.
Many of the facilities in hospitals are transported independently, the carriage of breathing equipment and c02 canisters alone make hospitals one of the highest at risk in relation to fire safety.
If you work in a hospital or care facility, you must be sure you understand the necessary procedure that you need to follow to keep you and others around you safe.
Most of us have friends, family or loved ones that we care for greatly, fires happen unexpectedly and happen quick, ensure that you know what to do.
Every sector including hospitals must adhere to strict laws in relation to fire safety. It should be very clear that hospital fire wardens should be properly trained to carry out weekly checks of work areas and to stand as emergency evacuation officers in the case of a fire.
Fire wardens & fire officers have the responsibility of informing the fire safety manager of the hospital of any incident they would class as serious. By undergoing correct fire hospital safety training, fire wardens can properly coordinate and direct all actions of staff should a fire break out.
Hospital Fire wardens responsibilities include (but not limited to)
- To command and coordinate emergency procedures.
- To fully understand and the evacuation process.
- Communicate with emergency personnel.
- Assess developing emergency situations.
- Completing all documentation & Incident reports.
- Monitor fire safety at all times.
Our fire warden training for hospitals allows hospital staff to become competent in the above by helping them to become aware of the risks caused by fires.
Also, to ensure fire safety measures such as being able to coordinate staff and patients in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Hospital Fire Hazards
Whilst technology advances so does the load on hospital floors with large equipment being introduced daily. This combined with a heightened level of elderly people entering the hospitals begin to leave less room to escape in a fire. Other hazards such as alcohol-based disinfectants which are used for cleaning could easily assist in the spread of a fire.
Other areas of hazard for fires in hospitals are:
- Not extinguishing cigarettes
Staff who do not smoke in prohibited areas in hospitals put others at risk if they do not properly extinguish the cigarette. Fire wardens and fire marshals should consider placing fire extinguishers close to smoking areas, this gives staff added protection in the event of a fire.
Using Designated areas and practicing the appropriate storage of garbage and waste paper can dramatically decrease the risk of fire. By working to reduce the amount of waste, simple observations can be practiced to keep you and your colleagues safe. Human error is one of the biggest causes of fire, being aware of things such as knowing that portable heaters can produce enough heat to ignite nearby paper even without a flame.
Our fire safety training course teaches staff and personnel the correct practice of the transportation of industrial and medical gases.
All hospital electrics should be in place and with equipment assessed, and approved by technical authorities.
Note: Electrical sockets should never be overloaded and the use of extension cables approved.
Note: Damaged appliances or wiring should be reported and never repaired by personnel.
Responsible Hospital Fire Training
Proper fire safety training in hospitals is a requirement by law for all staff irrespective of their work contracts. In addition to full and part time staff, temporary and cover staff also must adhere to the requirements.
Not only does having this knowledge help keep colleagues and staff from danger but also improves knowledge, awareness, reaction, hygiene and overall fire safety skills.
Our Fire Safety Training For Hospital Staff
Our hospital fire training covers passive fire safety, types of hazards, fire triangle and the theory of fire, hospital fire analysis, prevention measures, fire convection, fire combustion, the spread of the fire, evacuation procedures. Our training also covers physical practice of the correct use of fire equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets and evac chairs.
We have been keeping people safe for the last 37 years by providing proactive fire training to businesses and organisations nationwide.