Back in 2004 a blaze broke out in the Rosepark care home, South Lanarkshire, killing 14 elderly residents. The fire began in a cupboard on 31 January and ripped through the building. In 2010 the fatal accident inquiry found that some or all of the deaths could have been prevented if the home had a suitable fire safety plan.
The fatal errors were; the fire risk assessment was found to have ‘serious errors’, the staff had been told to find the source of the fire before calling 999 wasting valuable time, and the local health board was criticised for not detecting fire risks.
Unfortunately, lessons have not been learnt from this tragic incident and still care homes are being found to have inadequate fire safety measures. Just to name a few;
Due to the nature of the residents living in a care home, the time it takes to evacuate may take a little longer, so the correct fire safety is crucial to allow as much time and warning as possible is the unthinkable was to happen.
We have put together our top 5 tips on ensuring your care home is protected from fire:
Check that your Fire Risk Assessment is up to date
A Fire Risk Assessment doesn’t have an expiry date. However, it is your responsibility to review the report regularly and keep it up to date. we recommend an annual review and a new fire risk assessment every 3 years or should your building change
Have your staff received the correct Fire Training?
Not having the correct training can endanger lives and cause a containable fire to quickly become out of control. There are multiple courses available to ensure your staff are trained in Evacuation and how to use your Fire Extinguishers
Do you have the correct Fire Extinguishers in strategic locations?
Having your people fire trained is great but only if you have the correct extinguishers on site to protect against the different types of fires
Check the category of Fire Alarm
The category of system required is dependent on your site and sleeping arrangements. The category of Fire Alarm determines the level of protection for your staff and residents
Check your policies
having an up to date evacuation policy and fire strategy policy is crucial to ensure that your staff know what to do in the event of a fire
If you want to ensure that you are protecting your people from Fire then call us on 0845 402 3045 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org