There were three injured and one dead after an explosion at North Carolina's Durham Regional Hospital. According to the News-Press, the explosion happened just after 2:00 a.m. on the hospital's 6th floor.
The sprinkler system in the hospital was working properly when the explosion occurred and the fire was controlled once firefighters arrived on the scene. The patients who were in the area were moved to different parts of the hospital. Some were moved because of flooding (from the sprinkler system). Officials are still trying to figure out exactly what caused the explosion. Patients injured in the explosion were moved to the intensive care unit after they were checked in the E.R.
Our Durham personal injury attorneys recently mentioned Fire Prevention Week on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog. There's an entire week devoted to this hazard because there were more than 3,000 people killed in fire-related accidents in 2011. The truth of the matter is that many of these incidents are completely preventable. All it takes it a little awareness, education and preparation.
We've already talked about ways to keep your home safe from fires and explosions. However, business owners and property owners must also work to keep you safe from these kinds of accidents. They're required to ensure proper and required fire protection is installed and functioning. In many circumstances, invitees may be able to hold the owner / occupier liable when they are the victim of fire or an explosion due to inadequate fire safety or other negligent conditions.
Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and similar facilities must also ensure an evacuation plan is in place and properly rehearsed. To help companies and businesses to keep their grounds safe and to keep their visitors safe, we're here to offer these important safety tips.
Fire/Explosion Preventative Measures:
-Make sure there's a fire suppression system. These are complex devices that are placed in different areas of the building and they automatically trigger when the temperature gets too high. They can also be manually turned on. These systems should be tested regularly.
-Fire extinguishers should be present. These fire extinguishers should comply with both local, state and federal safety codes.
-There should be an evacuation plan and that plan should be practiced regularly. The plan should include the locations of the exits and what to do in the event of visibility problems or blocked exits. Make sure that the evacuation plan is posted in a well-seen area. Take into account disabled individuals, residents and visitors.