Hospitals and Nursing Home Safety
- Promote smoking regulations for the building. Have a designated smoking area, provide large ashtrays and maintain them frequently.
- Keep all areas of the building clean and free of trash.
- Be aware of unauthorized persons, especially in restricted areas.
- Conduct, practice and participate in emergency procedures during regular fire drills.
- Know the location of all fire alarm pull stations.
- Know what duties and responsibilities are assigned to you during an emergency.
- Know how to shut off piped systems that supply oxygen and gas if requested to do so.
- Close room and hall door to slow the spread to fire and smoke.
- Learn how to operate a fire extinguisher.
- Check cords on all appliances and replace them if they are cracked or frayed.
- Remember that extension cords are to be used for temporary purposes only.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- No smoking in areas where oxygen equipment is in use. Post signs where the staff, patients, residents and visitors can see them.
- No open flames should be allowed in the building.
- All gas cylinders should be stored and secured properly.