New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules
He - Department of Health and Human Services
Subtitle He-P - Former Division of Public Health Services
Chapter He-P 800 - RESIDENTIAL CARE AND HEALTH FACILITY RULES
Part He-P 810 - BIRTHING CENTER RULES
Section He-P 810.23 - Fire Safety

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 810.23

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) An emergency and fire safety program shall be developed and implemented to provide for the safety of clients and personnel in accordance with the following:

(1) The birthing center shall have a telephone and extensions accessible at all times in each client bedroom in case of emergency;

(2) The birthing center shall have at least one ABC type fire extinguisher on every level or every 75 feet of corridor as required by NFPA 10, as adopted by the department of safety;

(3) The birthing center shall immediately notify the department by phone, fax, or electronic mail within 24 hours and in writing within 72 hours of any fire or situation, excluding a false alarm, that requires either an emergency response to the birthing center or the evacuation of the licensed premises; and

(4) The written notification under (3) above shall include:
a. The date and time of the incident;

b. A description of the location and extent of the incident, including any damage;

c. A description of events preceding and following the incident;

d. The name of any personnel or clients who required medical treatment as a result of the incident, if applicable; and

e. The name of the individual the birthing center wishes the department to contact if additional information is required.

(b) All freestanding tanks of compressed gases shall be firmly secured to the adjacent wall or secured in a stand or rack.

(c) Flammable gases and liquids shall be stored in metal fire retardant cabinets.

(d) A written plan for fire safety, evacuation, and emergencies shall be adopted and posted in multiple locations throughout the facility.

(e) Evacuation drills shall include the transmission of a fire alarm signal and simulation of emergency fire conditions.

(f) Evacuation drills shall be conducted twice a year, and each employee shall participate in at least 2 drills a year.

(g) The licensee shall maintain a report for each evacuation drill, which includes:

(1) The names of the personnel and clients involved;

(2) The time, date, month, and year the drill was conducted;

(3) The exits utilized;

(4) The total time required to evacuate the building and the time needed to complete the emergency drill or both; and

(5) Any problems encountered and corrective actions taken to rectify problems.

#8957, eff 7-27-07

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