Preventing fire

• Automatic smoke or heat alarms should be provided in all areas.

• Cooking areas and laboratory areas must be separated from patient areas by fire doors.

• Fire doors are provided to protect staff and patients and should not be wedged open.

If a closed door would compromise the care given to patients but is essential to separate fire compartments then an electro-mechanical device should hold the door open and be disabled by the fire alarm.

• Fire extinguishers of the appropriate types should be readily available and staff should be properly trained in their use.

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