In Case of Fire
In a February 2009 report, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) identified that during 2003-2006, municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 3,750 structure fires in medical, mental health, and substance abuse facilities, annually. These fires resulted in one civilian death, 57 civilian injuries, and $26.9 million in direct property damage. While no amount of money can account for the loss of a loved one, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) assigns a statistical value per life of $5 million; and according to its Injury Cost Model, the estimated cost of a fire-related injury is about $56,000 per incident. Therefore, the average total estimated cost of these healthcare facility fires was $34.2 million.
Every well-managed healthcare organization should have, in effect and available to all supervisory personnel, written copies of a plan for the protection of all persons in the event of fire, for their evacuation to areas of refuge, and for their evacuation from the building when necessary.View Article