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In case of smoke or fire do you know how to REACT

from the June 13, 2011 issue of Connect

In case of smoke or fire do you know how to REACT?

Women’s College Hospital’s fire marshal Gord Sawers always has the safety of patients and staff in mind. That’s why the WCH Fire Safety Plan was recently amended to reflect the new Toronto Fire Services mandate requiring us to follow the REACT protocol when responding to fire or smoke.

Remove persons from immediate danger if possible
Ensure door(s) is closed to confine fire and smoke
Activate the fire alarm system/use nearest pull station
Call communications: Dial 5555
Try to extinguish fire or concentrate on further activation

“This new protocol is a great opportunity for staff, physicians and volunteers to become reacquainted with our fire safety procedures,” explained Sawers. “This also ensures that we are in line with the fire safety procedures at other hospitals in Ontario.”

The REACT protocol will replace RACE, which was part of our education for Accreditation 2010. While REACT is only a slight variation from RACE, it is important that everyone familiarize themselves with the new policy.

You can do so by participating in mandatory Code Red and Fire Safety education available through the eLearning Centre, which launched June 2.

For those who prefer, Fire Safety education is also available at open sessions on:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 1 -2 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23, 12-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 


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