The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) recently launched a fire safety handbook to help providers and staff of designated centres to meet their fire safety obligations. Designated centres are services the Chief Inspector within HIQA registers and inspects, which offer residential facilities for older adults, children and people with disabilities.
The potential impact from fire is greatly increased if providers do not mitigate against fire risk, and do not have suitable fire prevention and oversight measures in place in their centre.
The handbook aims to assist providers to develop, implement and sustain an effective fire safety programme, and to create a strong fire safety culture that drives quality improvement. The handbook also directs providers to relevant regulations and national standards, which should also be considered when developing a fire safety culture in a designated centre.
Download the handbook here