Running a nursing home comes with a great amount of responsibility for many lives. If a fire were to break out, without proper planning it would be difficult to ensure the safety of the elderly residents living in these homes. Owners need nursing home insurance coverage for a variety of risks and concerns pertaining to this industry, but safety for both staff and residents should be foremost in their minds. As a broker, you should ask your client a few specific questions pertaining to what is being done to keep residents safe in an emergency.

Is the building well maintained and are there safety systems in place, such as well-marked exits, smoke detectors, and sprinklers? Does the staff take time to ensure that paper and other storage items do not block doors or hallways that should be kept clear at all times? Is there an evacuation plan that involves all staff members and that is practiced regularly? Is staff available around the clock to carry out an escape plan if there is a fire or other danger?

Nursing home management must take safety planning seriously and also hold and attend regular safety meetings to address any concerns or changes in the operations of the facility. Families of residents should also be provided information when any changes take place.

Practicing fire safety can save lives

While flames are a great concern during a fire an even more pressing issue is smoke, which can travel faster to areas far from the fire and cause choking, loss of visibility, and smoke inhalation concerns. It’s important to understand that people living in nursing homes may have trouble evacuating quickly due to mobility issues or other disabilities. Therefore, proper planning and training is important in order to provide for the safety of all residents.

Every facility must have written fire procedures that are practiced by all staff. Each staff member should be responsible for carrying out his or her part of these procedures. This should include everyone employed by the facility. In the event of a fire, someone should be assigned to activate the fire alarm, evacuate everyone in immediate danger, use fire extinguishers to help control the fire, close doors to contain smoke and fire, and make sure no residents are left behind.

Proper planning can help to reduce any imminent danger when a fire breaks out, and nursing home insurance coverage can help your client pay the costs for repairs and get the facility back in good condition.