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The Joint Commission, Fire Protection & YOU: Everything You Need to Know about Fire Protection in your Healthcare Facility
If you work in a hospital or healthcare setting that’s accredited by The Joint Commission, it’s important to know what these standard updates mean for your facility. In order to pass your annual self-assessment or triennial survey from The Joint Commission, you need to ensure full compliance with protocol.
The Joint Commission helps hospitals become reliable organizations for delivering safe and effective care, and a large component of that is adhering to their standards on effective fire protection.
Maintaining accreditation is critically important for any facility that provides services to Medicare and/or Medicaid patients. And, any facility found to have critical violations can find itself on a 90-day termination track toward losing CMS reimbursement.
Fire safety continues to be a significant challenge for health care facilities in their Joint Commission surveys. According to the combined results of The Joint Commission surveys in 2018, almost half of the top compliance issues for both hospitals and ambulatory care facilities were related to fire safety.
Last week we attended the Annual ASBA Conference and Expo in Phoenix, AZ. It was another great year at ASBA 2022!
Food trucks have been gaining popularity and until recently, there were no NFPA codes, standards, or guidelines to provide the minimum fire safety requirements. Many food trucks have a “DIY” feel, but what isn’t so DIY about them is the safety and requirements to properly run the kitchen and serve customers. With a tank full of gas and a truck full of cooking oils and heating implements, it’s no secret that food trucks are fire hazards on wheels.
Adding fire safety requirements in Section 50.7 of NFPA 1, Fire Code, and Adoptable Annex B of the 2017 edition of NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations for food trucks makes adoption of enforceable code easier for local governments and fosters public safety. But if regulations aren’t in place within a jurisdiction, there are many steps food truck operators can take to prevent and mitigate fires.
No matter what kind of building you manage, you must maintain multiple safe and efficient means of egress for your occupants. Egress is essential to protecting your occupants from harm when they need to exit your building in a hurry. As a building manager you will need to know what means of egress are, how they become obstructed, and how to maintain safe and efficient egress out of your building.
In order to come up with the best game plan, preparation is key. Providing contractors with access to the project can provide better bids, as the contractors who have access to the site have greater confidence in the size and scope of the project. The most important aspect is to get a clear and precise indication of what the project requires in order to put together the best possible bid. At A P Fire, we will always provide a complementary walkthrough to get you the most accurate bid for your job.
Set your year up for success by ensuring your fire protection systems are up to code and ready to deploy in the event of an emergency. Each level of your fire protection systems is a critical component of fire safety on your campuses. Be sure to have your inspections and maintenance items scheduled early and A P Fire Protection can work with your school calendar to have your fire protection in tip-top shape.
One of the most costly and devastating events for a company or organization is a fire. Scheduling regular fire protection monthly inspection and tests overseen by you or someone in your business can help ensure that your fire prevention systems are ready when needed. Conducting preventive maintenance tasks can also help make sure your fire protection systems are in good working order and make yearly testing and inspections a breeze!
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