**LA FIRE CARD Update**
As of June 1st, 2020, the Los Angeles City Fire Department has allowed the Hospital Fire Safety course to be taught online through a web-based learning option. This course will be allowed to resume July 1st, 2020. At this time, all of our other in office courses (CPR, BLS, ACLS, PALS) will continue to remain open. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you virtually in our new Online Hospital Fire Safety Class.
Online Hospital Fire Safety Course (Live, Virtual Format)
Required for: All personnel that work in a hospital setting in the City of Los Angeles. (Including skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric hospitals, clinics, and retirement homes)
The Online Hospital Fire Safety Class covers:
- What to Do in Case of a Fire at Your Hospital
- Patient Rescue (Including drags and carries)
- How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
- Different Types of Fires and How to Control Them
- Hospital Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
- How to Evacuate Safely
- Home Fire Safety
- Pre-Fire Planning
**This class fulfills the Hospital Fire Safety requirement for the City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles Fire Code Section 57.113.09)
At the completion of the fire safety class, you will receive a Blue Fire Safety Card (also known as the LA Fire Card). The Blue card is for Acute Care Settings and is valid for 4 years. You will also receive 4 hours of Continuing Education Units under the BRN and EMS board!
Class Running Time: Approximately 4 Hours
What are the different types of Hospital Fire Safety Cards?
The “Los Angeles Hospital Fire Safety Card” (or “LA Fire Card” for short) can be either a blue card for Acute Care Hospitals or a pink card for Skilled Nursing Facilities. The LA Hospital Fire Card can be a tough certificate to find, and even tougher to figure out. Luckily, SureFire CPR is an expert in training you what to do in the worst case scenario of a hospital fire. First, you need to figure out which type of hospital fire safety card you need.
Los Angeles hospital personnel can receive one of the following hospital fire safety cards:
Blue Fire Safety Card – The blue hospital fire card is for the acute care setting. The blue hospital fire card is valid for 4 years and will read “hospital fire/life safety training.”
Pink Fire Safety Card – The pink hospital fire card is for the skilled nursing setting, and is valid for 2 years and will read “institutional fire/life safety training.”
A BLUE or PINK Fire card verifies that hospital personnel meet the requirements of the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Hospital Fire and Life Safety Program. Upon successful completion of our hospital fire safety class, each student will receive a BLUE Fire card.
Can You Get Your LA Fire Card Online?
Yes! Currently, you can get a valid LA Fire Card online. The LAFD has revised their guidelines as of July 1st, 2020 to allow web-based, online courses on a temporary basis due to COVID-19.
What Are The Requirements For An Online Hospital Fire Safety Card?
Currently, it’s possible to earn your hospital fire safety certificate online. In order to participate in the online Hospital Fire Safety Class and obtain your fire card, you need to have access to the internet with a webcam. The Los Angeles Fire Department requires that you are able to be seen and heard by the instructor through the webcam when you take your fire safety course online. The course is taught live online and participation is required in order to receive your LA Fire Card certification. At SureFire CPR, we host our Virtual Hospital Fire Safety course on Zoom and will walk you through the functions at the beginning of each course.
Do Online Hospital Fire Safety Cards Expire?
Yes, they do expire. Hospital Fire & Life Safety cards certified by the Los Angeles Fire Department are valid for 4 years and must be renewed once expired. To renew your Hospital Fire & Life Safety card, simply enroll in and complete an online accredited hospital fire safety course for Los Angeles Hospitals.
Why is a Hospital Fire Safety class important?
Doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other hospital personnel administer life-saving medical assistance day after day. Conversely, many healthcare and medical professionals may not have the necessary training to handle a fire in the hospital. Since these situations are rare, most people do not have practice with it as they do with the medical emergencies they handle on a daily basis.
Did you know that US fire departments respond to around 1,100 hospital fires annually? Fires can occur anytime, anywhere, so it is essential that you are prepared to act in case of an emergency. A recent report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that in 2015, 36 civilians were injured by structure fires in hospitals and hospices. Hospital fire safety skills just might help you prevent injuries and save lives in years to come.
In the past, hospital staff were not required to receive advanced fire and safety training. However, hospital fire safety training is now a prerequisite for those who want to work in a variety of healthcare and medical settings, including:
- Medical centers
- Nursing homes
- Retirement communities
At SureFire CPR, we understand that hospital fire safety begins with the fundamentals. That’s why our Hospital Fire Safety course is also a general hospital safety certification course that teaches students essential skills to keep hospital environments safe from fires and other hazards. We offer hands-on and classroom training to ensure that you can gain the insights to contribute to a top-notch hospital fire safety team.
Is Fire Safety Required for Hospital Staff?
While fire safety training is a not a legal requirement for many hospital staff, nearly all hospitals hiring today require their personnel to have Hospital Fire & Life Safety certifications. All hospital personnel that work in a hospital setting (including skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric hospitals, clinics, and retirement homes) in Los Angeles City are required by the LAFD to have a valid LA Fire Card. Hospital staff members are tasked with saving the lives of those in their care. In the event of a fire, it is the duty of the hospital staff to protect themselves, their peers, and their patients from safety hazards. Having a Hospital Fire & Life Safety certification tells any hospital that you are prepared to prevent fires from happening and handle a fire emergency should it arise on the job.
What are Common Fire Safety Hazards in Hospitals?
Hospitals are large institutions filled with people and powered equipment. They are some of the safest places in the world, but they are also susceptible to fires. An average of $8.8 million worth of direct property damage can be attributed to hospital fires between the years of 2011-2015, based on an NFPA report. Here is a list of some of the most common fire hazards found in hospitals.
Cooking equipment. The NFPA cites that 66% of all fires at healthcare properties were caused by cooking equipment, and these fires accounted for the highest percentage of civilian injuries. Keeping basic fire safety principles in mind while cooking in hospital kitchens, cafeterias, and break rooms is essential.
General electrical appliances. Nearly every room in a hospital has a several electrical appliances plugged into power strips or directly into the wall. It’s important to make sure that each appliance is properly plugged in, not daisy-chained, and not near any water. It’s also important to check the structural integrity of each cord and outlet used.
Specialized electrical appliances. While all appliances pose at least a partial fire threat, there are certain specialized appliances found in hospitals that are of particular concern when it comes to fire safety. These include electrosurgical tools and lasers, which pose ignition hazards—especially near fabrics, flammable sterilizing liquids, and oxygen tanks.
Cigarettes. Cigarettes aren’t permitted on hospital premises, but that won’t stop patients from trying to sneak them in. Be sure to check in on your patients whenever possible an educate them on the ignition risks associated with cigarettes in hospitals.
Hand sanitizers. While no doubt an important safety precaution for hospital staff and patients alike, hand sanitizers do more than kill bacteria. Sanitizers with alcohol will also ignite if they come into contact with a flame. Reduce this risk by keeping sanitizer stations at least 6 feet from any ignition sources, per OSHA regulations.
Exit obstructions. Certain fire safety risks don’t cause fires—rather, they prevent people from safely evacuating in the event of a fire. Everyday hospital items can block exits and waste precious seconds during an evacuation. Common perpetrators include medical beds, large appliances, wheelchairs, and carts.
Who teaches the LA Hospital Fire Safety Class?
SureFire CPR’s instructors are made up of firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs. Their experience will fully prepare you for any type of fire emergency that you could come across at your place of work. Our lesson plans are top notch and encompass all of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Hospital Fires Safety Curriculum.
At the completion of you Online Hospital Fire Safety Class you will receive a blue and pink fire safety card. Whether you work at Mission Community Hospital, Hollywood Presbyterian, or anywhere in between, we will teach you the skills you need to save a life!
What is covered in Hospital Fire Safety?
Throughout your hospital fire safety class you will learn what to do in many different fire situations. With our class you will get answers to the following questions and more:
- What if there is a fire in the hallway?
- Do you call for help before you try to save someone or do you try to make a rescue first?
- How do I carry someone to safety that is heavier than I am?
- How do fire extinguishers work?
- What are the different types of fire?
- What would be my role if I was working in a hospital and a fire broke out?
- How does fire spread?
- What is the best way to save myself and my patients?
Just like all of our classes at SureFire CPR, we go the extra mile. This class is designed with a combination of lecture and hands on skill practice. We will teach you real, useful information that could help you save your own life or the lives of your coworkers. We will even cover what to do if there is a fire or earthquake in your home.
What is the Checklist for Fire Safety in Hospitals?
According to NFPA data, 20% of structure fires in healthcare properties were located at hospitals and hospices. Each hospital must have a fire and emergency plan that meets the stipulations set forth by Los Angeles Fire Code Section 57.113.09 – Emergency Planning Code Requirement. These stipulations include:
- A. Every institution as required by the Chief shall implement a written and approved Fire/Life Safety Program which includes procedures for notifying the Fire Department, procedures for the use of fire protection equipment, and an emergency evacuation plan.
- B. All emergency plans, procedures, and evacuation signs shall be submitted to the Fire Department for approval prior to implementation. The approved copy of the Fire/Life Safety Program shall be available for review by the Chief.
- C. Fire drills shall be scheduled and performed quarterly for each shift implementing the fire/life safety emergency procedures. A written record shall be kept on forms approved by the Chief of all such drills. Records shall give the date and time of each drill held. Records shall be maintained for a period of three years and be available for review by the Chief.
- D. The evacuation plan shall be posted throughout the facility and shall include the following minimum requirements:
1. Evacuation routes, including locations of exits.
2. The location of fire alarm pull stations.
3. The location of portable fire extinguishers and other fire protection equipment.
4. The phone number of the Fire Department.
5. Designation of outside refuge areas where guests or patients are to assemble after evacuation of the building.
6. Assignment of a responsible person to call the Fire Department upon notification of any fire or upon the activation of any fire protection system.
- E. The Fire/Life Safety Program shall be updated and approved annually.
All personnel shall receive approved training conducted by the Department or by a health care facility instructor who is certified in accordance with Division 6 of this article.
Where Can I Find Hospital Fire and Life Safety Training in Los Angeles?
There are a number of hospital fire safety education providers in the Los Angeles area; however, none of them offer the same level of instruction as our award-winning team here at SureFire CPR. Our comprehensive team of highly-trained instructors are made up of firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs. Their experience will fully prepare you for any type of fire emergency that you could come across at your place of work. Our lesson plans are top notch and encompass all of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Hospital Fires Safety Curriculum. It is a very simple process to get your LA Fire Card.
At the completion of your Hospital Fire Safety Class you will receive a blue fire safety card. Whether you work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Hollywood Presbyterian, or anywhere in between, we will teach you the skills you need to save a life!
Online Hospital Fire Safety Classes are approved by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and based of Section 57.113.09 of the LA City Fire Code.
How much does it cost to get a hospital fire safety card?
The cost of our online Hospital Fire Safety class is $70. We try to keep prices as low as possible to ensure our courses are accessible to anyone who wants to learn.
Why should you sign up for a hospital fire safety class from SureFire CPR?
There are many reasons to enroll in a SureFire CPR hospital fire safety class, including:
- Superior Learning Environment: Our hospital fire safety class blends hands-on lessons with in-depth lectures to teach you how to respond in hospital fire emergencies.
- Comprehensive Insights: Our experienced instructors will share their real world insights with you to deliver an exceptional learning experience.
- Immediate Certification: Thanks to our hospital fire safety class, you can obtain the certification that you need to work on the day of training.
How do I enroll in a fire safety class from SureFire CPR?
Are you ready to jump start your fire safety training and learn life-saving skills? It’s easy to sign up for SureFire CPR’s fire safety certificate online. Follow the steps below and you’ll be ready to go:
- Select the date and time that fits into your schedule. We know you’re busy––that’s why we host classes at an array of times. You can register months in advance to prepare, but sometimes seats open up last-minute, so make sure to check our schedule.
- Please provide us with some helpful information including contact information, your mailing address, and a few survey questions.
- Take a moment to review our reschedule and cancellation policy. You may reschedule your class up to 3 times, after which you will need to pay a rescheduling fee. Additionally, reservations cancelled more than 72 hours in advance will receive a refund; reservations canceled later than that cannot be refunded. You can find the full policy on the registration page.
- Feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have or topics you would like to cover in the class.
If you have any questions during the scheduling process, feel free to reach out. We are happy to help!
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Need more information on our Hospital Fire Safety course? Ready to enroll and earn your fire safety card online or in person? To find out more about our hospital fire and safety certification classes in Los Angeles and enroll with us, please contact us at (888) 277-3143.