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Solutions for Institutional Occupancies

Institutional occupancies—including healthcare facilities and correctional institutions—are characterized by the reality that a portion of the building’s occupants may not be capable of taking emergency action for their own safety. Consequently, special fire safety considerations are needed to provide prompt fire detection that gives sufficient time to relocate people to safety and measures that allow occupants to remain where they are during an event. Smoke alarms and regular fire drills shall be installed in sleeping rooms and corridors serving such rooms in buildings not requiring a fire alarm system. The amount of combustible material permitted in cell blocks, living units, and dormitories shall be strictly limited by the requirements outlined in the Fire Safety Manual


What are the essential fire safety measures every institution should have?

Every institution should have basic fire safety measures, including fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency exit signs, and regular fire drills. It is crucial to have a comprehensive fire safety plan that is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure the safety of all occupants.

Addressing Unique Challenges

Many occupants must be defended in place, but this approach is only possible if the facility’s design and operation leverage methods by which a fire is rapidly detected, contained, and successfully fought. Safety must not depend on any single system, and achieving the safest possible facility requires careful fire safety planning and diligent day-to-day operation, such as thorough inspections, investigations, and reporting of fires, fire alarms, and false alarms. In addition, it is crucial to have effective fire hazard control measures in place to minimize the risk of fires and ensure the safety of the occupants. As part of the institutional Preventive Maintenance Program, the routine inspection, testing, and periodic servicing of all fire protection and detection equipment and systems shall be described and scheduled, including detailed specifications. Malfunctions or deficiencies shall be reported and dealt with promptly.


We offer a full range of fire and life safety services for institutional occupancies—to learn more, please download our Solutions for Institutional Occupancies info sheet. If you don’t see a particular service, please reach out—we might still be able to help you achieve your safety goals.

For complete service descriptions, please download our Services Guide.

Specialized Expertise

Institutional occupancies come with their own set of fire protection challenges, and even institutions of the same type can have varying requirements. As such, specialized expertise is necessary to address these unique challenges effectively. Factors such as building design, occupancy load, and the presence of vulnerable populations like children or the elderly can impact fire protection needs in institutional settings. It is essential to work with experienced fire protection professionals who understand these nuances and can develop tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of each institution.

Our Fire Safety Engineers are experienced in evaluating fire hazards and providing effective fire protection solutions for various occupancies, including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, police station lock-ups, detention facilities, and minimum, medium, and maximum security facilities.

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How Can We Help?

We’d love to understand your fire and life safety needs to see how we can help. Please reach out to us to schedule a conversation.

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