Fire Safety Issues

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An emergency can happen anywhere at any time. How well you prepare and how much you practice before a disaster occurs will determine how successfully you deal with and recover from a disaster. Your personal disaster preparation is a continuous learning process. Major emergencies, especially fires, in a healthcare facility may be rare but they can be deadly if you are not sure how to react when one actually happens. In a HCF, certain circumstances will happen that will not happen anywhere else. The most important thing that a medical assistant needs to know is how they are going to handle the situation when it happens. Fire safety refers to precautions that are taken to prevent or reduce the likelihood of a fire that may result in death, injury, or property damage, alert those in a structure to the presence of an uncontrolled fire in the event one occurs, better enable those threatened by a fire to survive, or to reduce the damage caused by a fire. Fire safety measures include those that are planned during the construction of a building or implemented in structures that are already standing, and those that are taught to occupants of the building. Threats to fire safety are referred to as fire hazards. A fire hazard may include a situation that increases the likelihood a fire may start or may impede escape in the event a fire occurs. One important precaution that can be taken is to make sure the facility has an adequate number of fire extinguishers to be able to service the whole facility. It is important to make sure that the fire extinguishers themselves are in worker order. Fire extinguishers are to be readily available, mounted and clearly marked in there are hazards present that could potentially cause a fire. They should also be mounted near the door and must also be marked with a prominent sign if the mounting is in a place where the extinguisher is obstructed

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