Medical Construction & Design | Keeping Up With Fire Safety
NEW CODES, MATERIALS GUIDE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF TODAY’S HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
BY JOSEPH DE LUCA
According to the latest numbers from the NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 6,240 structure fires in healthcare properties per year. These fires can cause an average of $52 million in property damage annually.
The good news is most of these fires, as reported by the NFPA, were small, spreading beyond the area of origin only 4 percent of the time. The fact is the majority of these incidents were 100 percent preventable. More… (JUL/AUG 2016, pages 26 & 28)