Andhra Pradesh fire service authorities have come up with a set of guidelines for hospitals treating Coronavirus patients to avoid chances of fire mishaps in the state. The managements of the hospitals have been asked to ensure the proper functioning of the fire-fighting equipment installed in their units and divide the floors as fire compartments to avoid the spread of the fire.
No obstruction should be found on the ramps and staircases and a ban is imposed against locking of the fire exit doors. Hospitals have to display the ‘evacuation plan’ at places where fire-fighting equipment is located and also at exit ways. The authorities have asked the managements to accord top priority to the immediate shifting of patients to safety in case of a fire mishap and suggested posting a fire warning on each floor.
The need to ensure the proper functioning of electric appliances and air-conditioners has also been stressed. There was also a call to avoid storage of cots, mattresses and furniture in the basements and rule out any chance for setting up any medical store in the basement. The kitchen and canteen may be set up in a separate building, it was advised, and the need for providing proper training to doctors, nurses and the staff on how to shift the patients to safety in case of any fire mishaps has been stressed.
The fire authorities have been advised to use BIS standard electrical equipment in hospitals and arranging for repair works only with certified electricians. There is the need to fix fuses with proper ratings to provide protection from power fluctuations. The use of miniature circuit breakers has been advised. Hospitals should not allow people to charge laptops and mobile phones near beds. Call 1912 for information pertaining to power-related issues, it was advised.