As part of EU regulations, care homes in the UK have to ensure they have taken all proper steps to prevent and detect fire at the earliest opportunity.
These include a comprehensive risk assessment. These are best left to the experts, those who deal with the risk on a daily basis.
It also maintains that care homes in the UK must appoint a responsible person to manage the risks and mitigate to protect the residents in the role of Fire Warden or Fire Marshal.
According to a 2004 whitepaper released by the government on care homes in the UK, section 3, part 4, point 1 states that;
In premises of limited size/occupation, e.g. ground and first floor with a small number of residents (up to four), a system of interconnected smoke alarms or point detectors incorporating interconnected manual call points and, where necessary separate sounders, may be acceptable.
In larger premises with more residents, you will probably need an automatic fire detection and warning system with a control panel which is able to identify either zone or the specific location where the alarm has been raised.
In more complex premises, particularly those that accommodate a large number of residents over a number of floors, it is possible that a more sophisticated form of evacuation, e.g. phased evacuation, will be used. In these cases it will be necessary for the fire detection and warning systems to automatically trigger the action that people need to take (in accordance with the pre-determined fire procedure) e.g. by a two stage audible warning or voice alarm system.
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