Fire can present a life-threatening environment wherever it may occur; yet there are few buildings as critical to protect from the event, and consequent spread of a fire, than that of a hospital. Serving as a temporary home to the elderly, to the young and to the inherently vulnerable, it is vital that hospitals take robust steps to protect against fire and to prepare measures against the spread of fire.
Yet beyond the potential for loss of human life, there are also considerations to be made for the loss of facilities – of what may be lifesaving equipment, treatment options and an entire town or city population’s access to emergency and maternity services.
The morning of May 4th was just like any other for the busy staff, doctors and nurses of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
The 1,677 bed hospital, which opened in April 2015 and cost £842m to build, included an array of preventive measures against fire caused by events such as mechanical and electrical failures. Yet it would be the deliberate act of one patient that would lead to a potentially life threatening fire.
The patient, an as yet unnamed 37 year old male, began the fire in a patient room based on the 11th floor of the hospital; shortly thereafter both the fire alarm and sprinkler system were activated, with the sprinkler system extinguishing the fire whilst patients were evacuated as a matter of precaution.
- Police Scotland spokesman
The sprinkler system within the Queen Elizabeth University hospital was pivotal to preventing the spread of fire – an event that could have been nothing short of catastrophic given both the size of the hospital, as well as the other departments on the 11th floor (which included general surgery, Urology and an Ear, Nose and Throat clinic).
Our flagship product, Zonecheck Addressable served as the life-safety fire sprinkler detection system responsible for the rapid dousing of the flames. This product, which contains industry leading wiring and build standards, harnesses state-of the-art technology to provide fire detection on an all-together smarter scale.
Zonecheck Addressable ensures that, should a fire occur, relevant sprinklers are activated meaning that management and fire services can act more quickly through laser precise insight into where the fire began, and to where it may have spread. All of which could well be said to now hold a tangible life-saving track record.
Zonecheck Addressable saves over 360,000 litres of water each year... and negates the need for maintenance staff to gain access to any clinical environments throughout the hospital’s thirteen floors; a burdensome practice traditionally required for manual testing.