Tips for Preventing Healthcare Facility Fires

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Would your team know what to do if a fire emergency were to break out in your healthcare facility?

We want to thank anyone that works at a healthcare facility. During these challenging and uncertain times, people in the medical field are working harder than ever, making a lot of sacrifices. Here at Judd Fire Protection, we’re in the business of aiding in residential and commercial fire prevention. Hospitals, in particular, house many people during recovery. It makes sense to have the fire protection systems necessary to keep hundreds of patients out of and healthcare facility workers out of harm’s way. Today we’ll share some fire safety tips that will help prevent healthcare facility fires. 

Monitor Your Kitchen, Particularly During Meal Preparation

Cooking, whether in the residential realm or commercially, is the top cause behind fire outbreaks. In healthcare facilities, improper usage of cooking equipment poses a safety threat. Here are a few essential ways to prevent kitchen fires: 

  • Emptying appliances’ grease traps regularly
  • Storing flammable liquids, especially oils away from cooking equipment
  • Cleaning grills and grill ducts thoroughly and regularly, so that nothing(especially anything flammable) can fall through its cracks
  • Making sure that all electrical items don’t have frays or tears
  • Teaching your staff how to use portable fire extinguishers, and keeping the extinguishers close 

In combination with being extra careful and safe during meal preparation, your team should be well-aware of your fire safety plan and how to put it into practice when it matters. 

Prevent Electrical Malfunctions by Checking Wires and Outlets

Typically, when a cooking fire occurs, it doesn’t spread. It stays in one room, or one appliance causes it, usually. However, we can’t say the same about electrical malfunction fires. For fires that spread further than where they started initially stems from damaged wiring or overloaded outlets. We suggest not relying on extension cords, keeping cords away from flammable materials, and discarding them and replacing them when they’re not in excellent condition. 

Wet-Pipe Fire Sprinkler Systems Are Efficient

If your medical facility has freezing temperatures, then this may not be the ideal fire sprinkler system for your building. However, where applicable, wet-pipe fire sprinkler systems discharge immediately as soon as the heat of fire enters the room. While this type of fire sprinkler is common, you still want to ensure that they’re up-to-date and fully functional. Annual fire sprinkler inspections should occur, which is one of our specialties. 

If you’re a healthcare facility worker or any essential worker, we hope that you’re staying safe, healthy, positive, and practicing proper fire safety techniques. 

Residential and Commercial Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection

If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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