Five Steps to a Fire Safety Plan

Five Steps to a Fire Safety Plan

Every medical office should establish measures to ensure the safety of employees and patients in case of a fire. All occupants should evacuate the premises in case of a fire, and you should implement at least two pre-arranged escape routes. Other recommendations in case of a fire include:

1. Activate the nearest fire alarm.

2. Notify the fire department by calling 911. Give your name, location, and nature of the fire.

3. Use a pre-arranged signal in the form of a code word to warn others of a fire.

4. Evacuate all of employees and patients from the premises through either of your two pre-arranged escape routes. NEVER use an elevator as part of an escape route.

5. After evacuation, assemble our staff at a pre-arranged gathering point and conduct a “head-count” to ensure that everyone is accounted for.

You should conduct a fire drill, at least annually, to test your Fire Safety Plan.

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John Verhovshek

John Verhovshek

John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is Managing Editor at AAPC. He has covered medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University, and a member of the Asheville-Hendersonville AAPC Local Chapter.
John Verhovshek

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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is Managing Editor at AAPC. He has covered medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University, and a member of the Asheville-Hendersonville AAPC Local Chapter.

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