The code word for fire
at MGH is Code Red. Never say FIRE.
safety of patients, employees and volunteers is enhanced by the construction
of the buildings, as well as by the systems in place.
- Fire barriers
- Fire doors
- Smoke and heat detectors
- Alarms connected directly to the Boston Fire
- Routine testing of detectors and alarms
There are bell codes and
alarm systems in place to identify the location of a drill.
- A tone accompanied by an overhead announcement
in the basement of connected buildings tells in which building
the drill is.
- An alarm sounds in the upper floors only
in the building in which the drill is occurring. (Note: Buildings
may have different signals, after the initiation of the alarm
to indicate the floor(s) of involvement.
Steps to take in the event
of a drill in your area:
- R – Rescue –
Remove anyone in danger of flames or smoke.
- A – Alarm – Alarms
are typically activated automatically. However, if the alarm fails,
call extension 6-2121 to report the
drill in your area.
- C – Confine –
Close all doors and windows.
- E – Extinguish
- Evacuate –
Put out fire, or if ordered, leave the area.
Evacuation procedures/ rules
- Definition of zone of refuge – A safe location
to which your unit evacuates in the event of a drill. (Such evacuation
may be ordered by the Nurse Manager.)
- Horizontal evacuation is usually the primary
- Vertical evacuation, i.e., the need to leave
the building, can only be ordered by the Chief of the Boston Fire
Department with Hospital Administration.
Drill remains in effect until
the page operator announces that the drill is over.
All volunteers are expected
to attend an annual fire safety training session.