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Fire and Life Safety Education for Healthcare Facilities
Statistics show older adults represent one of the highest fire risk populations in the United States with fire as the 4th leading cause of accidental death for people over the age of 65.
As the age of the person increases so does the risks of death due to fire.

Many factors contribute to these grim statistics. Changes associated with the aging process increase the likelihood of older adults accidentally starting a fire and these changes also reduce their chances of surviving a fire. Some of these characteristics that increase the risk of fire death and injury for older adults are:
  • Decreased mobility and agility
  • Dementia
  • High medication use
  • Sensory Losses
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Weaker respiratory systems

Need for Training

Research has shown that lack of training is one of the leading factors that contribute to the loss of life in healthcare facility fires. Training is critical for owners, operators, management and all staff of healthcare facilities, as they are responsible for all occupants and residents. By educating a nursing facility’s staff about fire prevention, evacuation procedures, and the steps to take in the event of a fire, a facility will be assured of greater fire protection.

Online Education verses Instructor Led Training

Studies conducted in traditional instructor-led workshops verses online computer based education show online education can offer many advantages. Residents needs come before training needs and it is often very difficult for a facility to have multiple staff members attend traditional classroom education even for a few hours. Online education allows staff to participate and complete education at their own pace and convenience even in the comfort of their own homes. Online education is not dependent on time of day, availability of instructors, staff schedules and is much easier to complete for night shift, part time and traveling staff.

With online education the facility does not have to take the time to prepare and teach fire safety and online education is consistent with presentation. Many students report online education to be a more enjoyable and interactive experience which facilitates learning.

Source: The Effects of Computer-based Fire Safety Training on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of Caregivers: click here.
Accessed 04/23/2013
Pedagogy Announces an Online Continuing Education Course “Positive Fire and Life Safety Practices” authored by Stan Szpytek.

The possibility of a fire occurring in any type of occupancy or structure is a threat that must be taken seriously. A fire in a healthcare care facility would place occupants including patients, residents, staff and visitors in extreme jeopardy due to the custodial nature of these types of properties and the physical and mental limitations of infirmed residents. Positive practices and measure must be incorporated into the operations of every healthcare facility to help ensure the safety of building occupants by preventing the ignition or spread of fire. This on-line Positive Fire and Life Safety Practices in-service is designed to help you understand the threat of fire, recognize potential fire hazards and causes as well as understand positive practices that will help reduce the chances of a fire from occurring or limiting its potential spread. Additionally, this course will promote positive practices that will help a facility establish and maintain regulatory compliance with applicable Life Safety Codes. Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
  1. Define general fire prevention concepts and positive practices
  2. Name 2 potential fire hazards
  3. Name 2 potential fire causes
  4. List 1 procedure that will help limit the possibility of a fire
  5. List 1 positive practice that will help limit the ignition or spread of a fire
  6. List 1 general code requirements designed to prevent a fire and safeguard facility occupants
  7. Define the critical importance of the means of egress
  8. Define the R.A.C.E. Procedure
This course provides licensed nurses with 1 contact hour of continuing education and nursing assistants 1 inservice contact hour.  To learn more about this course click here.

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