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Fire safety


substantially less staff than during the day and it’s dark, which highlights the importance of designing a fire system with emergency lighting in mind. “Design is vital here. It’s extremely


important to communicate an exit plan right the first time to minimise confusion – especially when dealing with people with dementia. In care homes, there tends to be corridors with lighting signs at each end, so blocking off exits to take choice away makes evacuations safer and quicker. “With some intelligent life safety


systems that combine emergency lighting and fire detection, at the first instance of a fire, the nearby exit signs will change from a green running man to a red cross to show the exit is compromised. In these instances, there’s no room for ambiguity and it must be totally clear to residents and staff alike.” Closing the discussion, Paul Adams


asked the group for any final advise they would offer those within the care industry, as well as where they can access support or technical guidance. Watts suggested the FIA, while Andy Hollingshead praised the HSE and


NASHiCS websites. He also urged them to always consider the ‘Three Cs’ – communicate, command and control. “We use this motto to train care sector staff and believe that if all these are in place, nobody will lose their life.” Watts echoed this sentiment: “In a similar vein, we use ‘review, refresh, replace’ when referring to the importance of maintaining risk assessments.”


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In conclusion, Hill stressed that reading


the guidance and keeping abreast of evolving standards and requirement is important, a robust life safety strategy comes down to a successful initial design and the quality of products installed. By working with industry experts, those within the care sector can rest assured that every possible measure is in place to protect residents and staff.


TCHE


Volume 6 l Issue 4 l April 2021 www.thecarehomeenvironment.com


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