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The top fire safety violations and how your facility can avoid them

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July 1, 2019

Once again, The Joint Commission has released its top ten list of frequently cited standards in U.S. hospitals for 2018. Entire books have been written on ways to avoid them, but we figured we’d split them up. This month, we look at some of the top fire safety violations that The Joint Commission dings facilities for every year and try to make sense of how to do better next year.

LS.02.01.35—The hospital provides and maintains systems for extinguishing fires (88.9% noncompliance percentage)

What you should be doing: You need to make sure that if a fire starts in a hospital, it can be put out right away. This should go without saying. Yet every year, The Joint Commission finds hospitals that just don’t get the message.

Properly maintained fire protection equipment reduces the risk of loss, but there are many things that can make equipment noncompliant or even render it inoperable. When your equipment isn’t functioning properly, you put your building occupants at risk and increase the chances of being fined for a violation.

This month, we look at some of the top fire safety violations that The Joint Commission dings facilities for every year and try to make sense of how to do better next year.



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