Fire and Emergency Procedures
Fire alarm tests are carried out in the home weekly. All findings are recorded in the fire log book and any concerns reported to our engineers and promptly dealt with.
A1 Fire carries out three monthly checks on the system and their findings are also entered into the fire log book.
Fire risk assessments are carried out throughout the home and reviewed annually or whenever changes are made. The Nurse in Charge will risk assess any potential hazards that arise during a shift.
All risk assessments are recorded in the risk assessment folder in the office and any appropriate action taken to remove that risk, documented.
Fire training is completed twice a year for day staff and four times a year for night staff.
In the event of the fire alarm sounding all the staff meet at the fire alarm control panel, situated on the ground floor, in the hallway at the foot of the first flight of stairs.
The nurse in charge will send two people to investigate the floor where the fire is suspected. All fire detectors are checked, a red light will show on the detector to indicate which one has set the alarm off. If they detect a fire, they report back to the Nurse in charge.
In an event of a fire, the Nurse will direct one member of staff to call the fire brigade and remain there to direct the Fire Crew when they arrive. On no account is the fire alarm to be set before the Fire Brigade arrive.
The staff will follow their training in checking rooms and evacuating residents if appropriate.
Attempts to extinguish the fire must not be attempted unless it is safe to do so.
Once the Fire Brigade arrive, they are in control.
Any member of staff, service user, relative or visitor finding a fire, should sound the alarm by breaking the glass at the nearest fire point. The above procedure will then be followed.
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