Double bedrooms in residential care homes – what’s the problem?

Adrian Gouldin Bsc (Hons) MRICS GIFireE reports on evacuation issues associated with residential care homes and suggests assessments that should be carried out.

The evacuation of care homes in case of fire is often difficult, as a high proportion of the residents are usually either physically or neurologically impaired (or both).
Whilst progressive evacuation is the preferred fire evacuation strategy for care homes, (moving residents to relatively safe fire compartments within the home rather than immediately evacuating all to an external area) the golden 2 ½ minute initial evacuation time for the affected room remains of key importance.