Old Folk’s Home Fire Systems: Five Tips to Increase Safety
Fire safety in retirement homes is an important building safety issue.
Did you know?
Adults over the age of 65 are twice as likely to die due to home fires as opposed to the general population (University of the Fraser Valley 2019). While they represent only 14% of the general population, 30% of fire incidents occur among the senior population (University of the Fraser Valley 2019).
This data shows that the senior population is vulnerable to fire risks and that we should take extra measures to protect them. Old folk’s fire systems are similar to regular fire systems, however, senior homes should take measures to prevent fires and their crew should also be ready to act quickly in case of a fire.
Here are some tips to increase fire safety in old folks’ homes:
1. Inspect your fire systems every year
An old folk’s home fire systems should be inspected annually by professionals such as DragonShield Services. Contact us to schedule your annual inspection.
2. Have a clear fire escape plan
The escape fire plan should be clearly communicated to the employees of your residence and should be accessible to them.
3. Practice your fire evacuation plan
Your team and your residents should practice a fire drill annually. After your drill, you should assess the drill with your team and adapt accordingly. Seek the advice of your local fire department.
4. Remove potential fire hazards
Give appliances that can produce heat plenty of space such as radiators, stovetops, and lamps.
5. Keep Fire Extinguishers Nearby
In case of a small fire, your employees should be able to access fire extinguishers quickly to contain the fire. Have them ready and accessible.
Retirement homes should receive an unparalleled level of attention to the fire safety of your facility. It is important to pay particular attention to the proper functioning of your fire alarm system and to have an effective evacuation plan. Contact us to schedule your annual inspections.