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March 24, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(12):907. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920300047012

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A recent report of the fire hazards encountered in an inspection of hospitals1 suggests many ways for physicians to lessen dangers in their homes, offices and clinics. Hazards often occur because of inadequate planning when the facilities are built, but they also occur frequently because of their gradual development without being noticed by the physician or his associates. Careful study should elicit most weaknesses, but when there is any doubt about the thoroughness of the inspection an experienced examiner should be called. If remodeling is indicated, it probably will be cheaper to undertake whatever is necessary than to risk the danger of fire, loss of property and loss of life.

Among the hazards encountered in the hospital inspection program were improperly enclosed stairways and elevators; no evacuation plan; no emergency alarm system; electrical defects related to fuses; improper use of cords; defective fixtures and inadequate support of wires; improper

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