The Importance of Life Safety Plans in Any Healthcare Facility
An important part of a well-maintained healthcare facility includes accurate life safety plans. Not only are they required by CMS, but they can save you a significant amount of money on your fire barrier maintenance services.
What are Life Safety Plans?
Life safety plans are floorplans that indicate a facility’s fire barrier details and emergency exits. They show the fire rating of all doors, walls and ceilings. Additionally, it shows the compartmentalization of smoke during a fire.
Having a good set of life safety plans created is a worth-while investment. They not only help you to maintain your facility’s fire barrier but also helps you to plan for it as well. Additionally, when contractors come in to perform any kind of maintenance, there won’t be any surprises if they know where to locate all the items they are servicing.
For example, when Prevent is hired to inspect fire dampers, we would use your plans to locate each damper. Without accurate life safety plans, we are having to looking for them. This adds much more time to the project as well as increases the cost of the job.
Aside from monetary impacts, life safety plans can help you to protect your patients in the event of a fire. It can help you to determine any defend-in-place areas by indicating the fire rating on walls and ceilings.
How to Create a Life Safety Plan
The best way to get a great set of plans is to outsource it to a professional. Companies that specialize in these types of plans have software that allows them to accurately indicate where each door, damper and wall is located with its rating.
It’s not to say you cannot create these maps in-house, however, these companies custom-make each map and tailor it to the type of facility you have. They make sure it’s up to the CMS standards and have the capabilities of adding on to them down the line when there are changes to the facility.
While the cost of these plans may be on the high side, it’s a very good investment to save your facility money in the future and keep occupants protected.