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Look Listen and Learn During Fire Prevention Week

10/08/2018 Written by: Brian Lindahl

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” This is the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018. 

  • Look for places a fire can start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of each room

These basic tips can not only decrease your risk but also prepare you, and your residents, in the unfortunate event a fire does occur. Having a documented emergency plan in place that is practiced on a regular basis with your staff and residents is key to their safety. Elements that should be addressed in that plan include:

  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Resident Safety and Transportation
  • Communication with Residents, Families of Residents, Staff, Emergency Personnel, Board of Directors, Media
  • Physical Plant/Facility Considerations
    • Utility Shutoff Protocols for Water, Gas and Electric Services
    • Temporary Repair/Damage Remediation Protocol
    • Permanent Repair/Rebuild Protocol
  • Emergency Supplies: Food, Water, Medical equipment, Medications
  • Protecting Electronic and Paper Medical Records

A key element to any emergency plan is communication. A valuable benefit is identifying who can respond in your time of need. Consider a relationship with an organization that can help you assess your needs and identify what your next steps in an emergency situation. In a healthcare facility, you need to consider everything from resident safety to insurance claims and everything in between, but how do you know what “everything in between” encompasses? 

At AssuredPartners, we have established relationships with national firms who can help you plan and be there to respond when needed. These firms have the resources available to provide valuable assistance that range from pre-planning to emergency temporary repairs to completion of repairs. These companies have a large geographical footprint and experience working with healthcare centers and insurance carriers to document and repair damages. For assistance with emergency planning for your healthcare facility and to learn more, contact the AP Senior Living experts
Source: National Fire Protection Association

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