Chandigarh administration to conduct fire audits in health facilities

Chandigarh Health Secretary Yashpal Garg on Wednesday ordered the fire wing of the UT administration to conduct fire safety audits at all health facilities in the city, both public and private, during for the next 15 days.

“Since medical oxygen is highly combustible, it is necessary to exercise extra caution in safety in all hospitals, especially during the current summer season. Last year, there were many fires in hospitals across the country, due to the sudden increase in oxygen consumption during the second wave of the pandemic,” Garg said.

Last year, in April and May, all fire hydrants at GMCH-32 and its allied hospital in Sector 48 were tested and simulated fire safety awareness drills were conducted in conjunction with the firefighters.

“During the audit, all existing fire extinguishers must be checked, filled and revalidated. Authorities should also check all oxygen outlets to ensure there are no leaks and that they are properly closed after use. There should be enough fire extinguishers and hydrants available in working conditions in all hospitals. Additionally, all medical and paramedic personnel must ensure emergency exits remain unobstructed at all times,” Garg told the fire wing.

The UT health secretary has also asked the authorities of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to conduct a similar fire safety audit at the institute.


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