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Protecting Post‐Acute Care Residents from Fire

Residents are often too sick to protect themselves from harm. This means that fires in post‐acute care facilities can be especially dangerous. 

Healthcare workers must be able to identify fire risks to prevent fires. They must also know what to do if a fire does occur.

This course will teach you:

  • How to identify fire risks and prevent fires
  • How to respond to a fire emergency
  • How the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expect accredited facilities to handle fire safety

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to: 

  • Identify the three sides of the fire triangle.
  • List sources of fuel, oxygen, and heat in the healthcare setting.
  • Discuss the importance of fire safety.
  • List the primary goals of the Life Safety Code.
  • List common causes of fire in the healthcare setting.
  • List methods of preventing fires.
  • Identify high‐risk areas for fires.
  • List the steps of RACE. Identify methods of carrying residents to safety.
  • Identify how to contain a fire.
  • Recognize when it is safe to use a portable extinguisher to fight a fire.
  • List the steps in using a portable fire extinguisher.
  • List guidelines for resident evacuation.