Sadly, fire safety can be matter of life and death especially when there are vulnerable occupants concerned – such as the residents of care homes. Far to often we hear of care homes breaching fire regulations.
Already this year, we have released 3 care home articles. Aswell as an article from the London Fire brigade reporting over 50% of care home are failing fire safety audits.
For that reason, this article is dedicated to supporting Fire Safety within Care Homes.
Fire Safety Checklist for Your Care Home
Do you have an up to date fire Risk Assessment which has been thoroughly reviewed?
It is recommended that a review of your risk assessment is completed annually with a new risk assessment being completed every 3 years or should your premises have changes. You can check out our quick guide to Risk Assessments here
Have your staff received evacuation training specifically for vulnerable residents?
Your care home staff and your fire marshals will need general fire training. Even more importantly, everyone should know how to evacuate residents in the case of a fire.
Do you have fully operational fire doors which are checked quarterly?
Having good quality fire doors in working order is essential for care homes. These will slow down or limit the spread of fire, giving staff time to evacuate themselves and the residents
Do you have the right fire extinguishers in the right places?
It’s important to have the right extinguishers in the right locations to tackle the different types of fire. Fire extinguishers also need to be serviced annually and replaced once they are out of date. You can check the date of the most recent service by looking at the service label on your extinguishers.
Do you have an “L1” fire Alarm system installed?
To meet fire safety regulations, care homes need to have what is called an ‘L1’ fire alarm system. This basically means that it gives the highest possible level of cover that a fire alarm system can offer.
If you can answer “NO” to any of the above, then it is likely that your fire safety precautions are not sufficient for your care home.
If you want to discuss any of the above points or your care home fire safety, contact us on 0845 402 3045 or alternative email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note this is a guidance document and is not to be used as a standalone document in ensuring care homes are correctly protected against fire.