en-Gauge Fire and Life Safety Blog

Top Fire Code Violations in Hospitals and How to Stay in Compliance.

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 8/1/13 2:51 PM

In facilities as large and complex as hospitals, there are many potential fire safety issues as well as numerous hidden code violations.  Fire-code-complianceRecently, we read a report by the State Fire Marshal of Washington State that outlined the most common violations that have been found in hospitals.  Many of these infractions could possibly start a fire or prevent people from safely escaping in an emergency situation.  We wrote up a brief rundown highlighting some of the more serious instances that occur regularly in healthcare establishments in the US.  Amongst other violations, there were minor problems ranging from burned out light bulbs in exit signs to missing ceiling tiles.  One of the biggest challenges that hospital administrators are faced with is staying up to date with code regulations; we at enGauge take those headaches away.  We’ve taken the time to boil down some of the most cited issues that peaked our interest.  

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Topics: Healthcare, Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Blocked Fire Extinguishers, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, Inaccessible Fire Extinguisher, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, Missing Fire Extinguisher, Empty Fire Extinguisher, Fire Marshals, Medical Oxygen Monitoring

What is RTLS? Real-time Locating Systems Defined

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 7/31/13 2:45 PM

RTLS, or Real Time Location Systems, are combined hardware / software systems that are used to automatically identify the location of objects or people inside of buildings.  
RTLS-Software-ScreenshotTypically, RTLS systems are used within contained areas to keep track of where every asset of interest is at any given time.  The goal of using a system like this is to constantly know the location (and in some instances, the state) of the various assets you need to track.  

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Topics: Healthcare, Wireless Sensor, Medical Oxygen, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, O2 Monitor, RTLS, Smart Sensor, Real Time Location System, Electronic Monitoring, New Technology, Location Tracking, Medical Oxygen Monitoring, Electronic Medical Oxygen Monitoring

Safety Equipment: The First Line of Defense and The Last Resort

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 11/15/12 2:28 PM

large_NYU_Evacuation_2Hurricane Sandy has shown us that there is a thin line between functioning systems and a breakdown in life safety protections.   One need only look at New York City's Bellevue Hospital and NYU Hospitals to see that cascading system failures put lives at risk.  The dramatic image of patients being carried down flights of stairs illustrates the risk.

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Topics: Healthcare, Medical Oxygen, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Medical Oxygen Monitoring

Fire Extinguisher Stops Fire At VA Medical Center

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 5/27/11 11:41 AM

At en-Gauge, we are always keeping our eyes open for Fire Extinguisher Success Stories,   We

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Topics: Healthcare, A Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Success Stories, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring

Joint Commission: en-Gauge equivalent means to monthly physical inspections

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/9/10 5:34 PM
A 2009 survey by the Joint Commission an independent, non-profit organization that accredits health care organizations found that the number one challenge indicated in maintaining the environment of care was fire safety equipment maintenance.

Among the Joint Commission's requirements is the monthly physical maintenance and inspection of fire equipment. Monthly physical inspections can be costly, especially in time and labor required. 

The good news is that like the NFPA and the ICC, the Joint Commission now recognizes en-Gauge's technology as an equivalent to the manual 30-day fire extinguisher inspections. Health care facilities that adopt en-Gauge can reduce risk, stay code compliant and potentially reduce the cost of extinguisher ownership by some 60% over 12 years.

Read the full release for details.
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Topics: Healthcare, Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Compliance, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, NFPA 10 Code Compliance