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Joint Commission details how to comply with fire safety requirements

Accreditation Insider, June 9, 2015

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The Joint Commission last week posted tips for complying with elements of performance (EP) 11-13 of EC.02.03.05, which require hospitals to properly maintain fire extinguishing equipment. The standard ranked sixth on the accreditor’s list of top-cited standards in 2014 with 48% of hospitals cited.

The Joint Commission article includes step-by-step instructions on how to comply with the three EPs. EP 11 requires testing of fire pumps in automatic sprinklers every 12 months, EP 12 calls for water-flow tests to be conducted every five years for standpipe systems, and EP 13 says that organizations must inspect any fire-extinguishing systems every six months.

Read the Joint Commission post for more information.



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