Fire Alarm

ACTION TO BE TAKEN ON HEARING THE FIRE ALARM

A CONTINUOUS ALARM (Warble) will sound in THE ZONE OF ORIGIN only

ACTION:         Unless it is obvious, establish the location of the incident from the information displayed on the nearest fire alarm repeater panel”, or by a visual inspection and react accordingly.

Staff providing direct Patient care – should remain with the patients. reassuring them, and move them from immediate danger only, then await instructions from the senior person in charge.  Be prepared to evacuate if necessary into the nearest safe zone on the same floor level i.e. an adjacent Ward, or the Lift Lobby (main Hospital), or an adjacent Department. (O.P.D.)

Staff not directly involved in patient care – who are not engaged in fire-fighting, and who do not have a specific responsibility in the event of fire, should proceed to their designated assembly point.

AN INTERMITTENT ALARM (2 Seconds ON – – 5 Seconds OFF)

will sound IN LOCATIONS DIRECTLY ABOVE, DIRECTLY BELOW AND ADJACENT ON THE SAME FLOOR LEVEL

ACTION:         Establish the location of the incident, from the information displayed on the nearest “fire alarm repeater panel”.  Continue working – remain alert – listen for any changes in the fire alarm signal, or to any instructions from a senior member of staff.

NB. The decision to evacuate a Ward / Department for whatever reason can obviously be made irrespective of the fire alarm sounder sequence.  Some common sense is required in applying these principals.  In the case of a very minor fire, for example a cigarette smouldering in a waste paper bin, prompt action with the appropriate type of extinguisher may quickly control the incident without undue disturbance to the patients.  However, the fire alarm should always be sounded first, as your fire-fighting actions may prove to be ineffective.

The Fire Alarm System @ RHH

The fire alarm system comprises automatic smoke and heat detectors. manual break glass call points, electronic sounders. fire alarm repeater panels and Xenon flashing lights sited in strategic locations.

A Continuous Alarm (Warble) will sound in the ZONE OF ORIGIN ONLY

At the same time

FLOOR

 

E

 

 

D

INTERMITTENT
SIGNAL

 

C

INTERMITTENT
SIGNAL

CONTINUOUS
ALARM
ZONE OF ORIGIN

INTERMITTENT
SIGNAL

 

B

INTERMITTENT
SIGNAL

 

A

 

When the fire alarm sounds. the following sequence will take place

1        Fire resisting doors that are held open electronically, together with motorised fire dampers (where provided in the ventilation system), will automatically close in and around the zone of origin.

2.       A low-level audible alarm will be emitted from all of the Fire alarm repeater panels sited at strategic locations throughout the Hospital, and the exact location of the incident will be displayed on the bottom line of the illuminated screen.

3.       As the diagram above shows, the fire alarm will sound over a limited area on three floor levels only.  In order to alert staff to the information being displayed on the fire alarm repeater panels and to prevent the movement of patients and staff into the zone of origin certain Wards / Departments who may not be directly involved in this sequence, will be provided with amber Xenon flashing lights

4.       Wards/Departments are provided with low-level electronic sounders in staff controlled areas.  Certain patient access areas have in addition been provided with red Xenon flashing lights to alert staff (who may not be in the vicinity of a low level electronic sounder), that the fire alarm has activated.

5.      On activation of the fire alarm in the main building, (when the lift contract is complete), the central lifts only will automatically return to “B” floor.  Should this be the zone of origin they will then stop at either “C” or “A” floor levels, where an electronic pre-programmed message advising passengers on the appropriate action to take will be delivered.  Ultimately all of the other lifts will be provided with an electronic speech sounder linked into the fire alarm system and pre-programmed to give similar advice.