Things to know about Fire in Healthcare Facilities

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With a large sum, of residents physically powerless to move themselves, fire become one of most problem for the healthcare industry. Most of the Healthcare facilities designed to be fireproof. However, burning materials emits toxic vapors fire prevention has and always will be a top priority. If the situation arises, all employees can make a difference with fire prevention. With the proper training in all the healthcare facilities, no facilities are going to be in danger of fire break.

In an effort to help prevent fires, employees must be aware of the possible cause fire. Fire involves the combination of three elements, which includes Heat, Fuel and Oxygen. When one of the elements removed, the fire will cease to exist. Fires can start from heat as the ignition and heat can be generated by anything that is hot – open flames, chemical reactions, faulty electrical, overheated equipment and hot surfaces. Once a fire starts it is going to grow hotter, and it is going to continue on until one of the three elements has been vanquished.

Flames can come from vapors that come from a flammable material. The temperature wherein a material gives off flammable vapors known as a flashpoint. The flashpoint can change depending on how much oxygen is in the air. For example, an ordinary cleanser, which would have, a high flashpoint in normal air can ignite easily in an area where a patient is being given oxygen.

To extinguish the fire, the knowledge concerning the fuel that is keeping the fire lighted. Anesthetic gases can be put out by shutting off the gas; however, most fires are extinguished by simply applying a material, which eliminates the oxygen or the fuel. Applying the wrong substance can make the situation even worse. For example, if the fire fueled by electricity, using water would even havoc as water conducts electricity at electrical fires.

Fires can be separated into four classes: A, B, C & D. Class A fires involve normal substances like wood, paper or cardboard. It can be easily extinguished by just putting water in the area. Class B fires concerns flammable liquids and gasses. For this fire, chemical foam would be ideal to use. Class C Fires are electrical and involve electrical equipment. They can be extinguished by using non-conductive agents. Class D fires fueled by combustible metals. These are the fire that should be left alone, only experts must deal with these fires.

If a fire happens in a healthcare facility, a health worker must need to act immediately. Having an emergency action plan is the best way to ensure safety in the area. The plan should consider how to report a fire, who is going to fight the fire, who is responsible for keeping the patient safe, evacuation procedures and lastly care of patients throughout an emergency.

Whenever a fire occurs in healthcare faculty, try to remember the acronym R.A.C.E.

R – stands for Rescue

A – stands for Alarm

C – stands for Confine

E – stands for Extinguish

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