Not everyone in the healthcare sector can take care of himself. This places completely different requirements on fire safety, but also on alarm and evacuation systems. What should the alarm be? How many employees are available or can be called on to help evacuate immobile patients? What is the compartmentalisation strategy?

In the event of fire in a hospital, you don’t alarm and evacuate and entire hospital, but you move people from the affected compartments to safe compartments – ideally without spreading panic throughout the hospital.

A hospital also has extremely specialist areas such as the operating theatre and the rooms in which CT or MRI scans are made. These areas are over pressurised to prevent dust finding its way inside. A conventional detection system won’t work here because the smoke doesn’t reach the ceiling. An aspiration system is needed that checks the air outside the area for the presence of smoke particles.

A vital component of a hospital is the IT infrastructure, which monitors the patients in numerous ways. The MER and SER areas in which the nerve centres of IT are found must be protected with automatic detection and gas extinguishing systems. This demands specific experience and professional knowledge, for which you can call on Somati Systems.

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