Fire Safety Review for Nursing Homes and Healthcare Facilities
Taking care of the most vulnerable in our communities is a privilege, one that healthcare facilities and nursing homes take very seriously. While in many cases the sprinkler systems are well-maintained and react immediately in the event of a fire incident, this isn’t always the case. According to FEMA’s US Fire Administration, there are more than 2,500 fires occuring in nursing homes each year — resulting in over a hundred injuries and deaths. While the loss of life is the most disturbing, these fires also caused over $13 million in damages per year. Seventy-four percent of these fires are caused by small cooking fires but the remaining 26% of fires are much larger and can cause significant damage and injury to residents and employees alike. This is why keeping fire safety in mind is particularly important for healthcare facilities and nursing homes.