National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, Life Safety Code, defines a health care occupancy as a building, or any portion thereof, used on a 24-hour basis to house or treat four or more people who cannot escape from a fire without assistance. The reasons these people may not be able to escape include physical or mental illness, age, or security measures that the occupants cannot directly control. The buildings or portions of buildings in question include hospitals or other medical institutions, nurseries, nursing homes, and limited care facilities. To learn more about fire protection in hospitals and health care facilities, call us at 718.217.1900, or keep reading to learn more.
Health care facilities throughout New York and the tri-state area pose exceptional problems when it comes to moving and evacuating people—especially along great distances and down stairways from the upper floors of multistory buildings to a safe area outdoors.
Fire Sprinklers for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
Installing automatic fire sprinklers throughout all new health care facilities provides enhanced protection for patients and staff who may be intimately involved with fire ignition. According to the NFPA, sprinkler system design includes use of listed quick response and residential sprinklers installed throughout the smoke compartments containing patient sleeping rooms. The rapid activation of these specially designed sprinklers is intended to restrict the spread of fire and the associated products of combustion, thus reducing the need for extensive patient evacuation. Contact Star Fire Protection for fire sprinkler installation.