Health & Medical

The majority of UK hospitals have evolved and grown over many years. Health sector buildings present particular fire safety challenges, primarily in safeguarding patients with a wide range of dependencies in the event of fire

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Checkmate Fire provides comprehensive range of passive fire protection and air integrity sealing systems and fire rated glazing  using only the most advanced products and services for healthcare buildings throughout the UK. Our operatives have extensive experience working in open environments and on sensitive wards and sites spread across multiple locations, keeping staff, patients and assets safe, while providing critical works.

Our unrivalled knowledge means that we have the privilege of working with local and national organisations across the UK as we take a collaborative approach in everything we do to provide fully 3rd party accredited passive fire protection solutions on price and on time.

Addressing the unique nature of healthcare buildings

The majority of UK hospitals have evolved and grown over many years. Health sector buildings present particular fire safety challenges, primarily in safeguarding patients with a wide range of dependencies in the event of fire. In addition, the size and complexity of a modern day hospital or care centre will often mean that complete evacuation of the building is neither practical nor appropriate.

It is for this reason that the most common approach adopted in healthcare buildings is progressive horizontal evacuation, moving occupants from the fire-affected area, through a fire-resisting barrier to an adjoining area, which is designed to protect the occupants from the immediate danger of fire and smoke. The occupants then remain in the fire safe area (refuge) until the fire is extinguished or, if necessary, further evacuation is required to another refuge or down the nearest stairway.

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Strategy

Key to this strategy – in conjunction with other fire safety measures – is the use of fire-resistant compartment lines, which form barriers between the fire and the refuge points; and fire doors, which allow the passage of persons and objects through them.
Generally speaking, maintenance of the building systems and infrastructure provided for fire safety is the responsibility of the NHS TRUST.

This means the responsible person must demonstrate or confirm that items, such as fire doors, have been maintained in efficient working order and in good repair and are likely to provide the required level of fire resistance.

This can be difficult to ascertain as over time supporting documentation may have been lost or the doors may have been changed from their original specification.

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Competency

Competency of individuals is critical for any industry involved with life safety, and fire protection is no exception.

Competency, as defined by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) and HTM 05-02, means someone who has sufficient training, experience or knowledge and other qualities to properly assist in undertaking the preventative and protective measures.

In healthcare premises, certain departments have a key role in maintaining protective measures and it should be ensured that personnel have the necessary knowledge through appropriate training and/or certification of individuals within the team.

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