Data shows additional oversight in Healthcare industry leads to longer fire alarm inspection times, but lower fire alarm system failure rates
ATLANTA – June 9, 2014 – BuildingReports, the most trusted name in compliance reporting, is publishing the 2014 BuildingReports Fire & Life Safety Inspection Benchmark Report, the industry’s first analysis of fire and life safety inspection performance from its vast inspection database. The report examines fire and life safety inspections including device performance rates for commercial facility inspections across industries and will be available later in the year for download at www.buildingreports.com.
According to the benchmark report’s findings, healthcare facilities have a 50 percent lower failure rate (1.44 percent) for fire alarm system devices than any other occupancy facility types (2.83 percent).
Additionally, the report indicates the length of inspections at healthcare facilities is more than double the average of other facility types. The average time to inspect the fire alarm devices during an inspection for a healthcare facility is 6 hours and 10 minutes, whereas other facilities average 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Industry experts believe this data indicates the additional oversight by CMS and its accreditation partners for the healthcare industry (Joint Commission, HFAP and DNV Healthcare) ensures diligent maintenance and inspections resulting in more reliable systems.
The full 2014 BuildingReports Fire & Life Safety Inspection Benchmark Report will examine the reliability between addressable and conventional fire alarm systems. With granular data down to the device type (year, manufacturer, etc.), the report will also include failure rates of fire and life safety equipment and analyze the key factors contributing to device maintenance and performance including manufacturing, installation and environmental conditions.
“BuildingReports is in a unique position to capture and analyze the breadth and depth of inspection data we have collected over the past 15 years,” said Jason Kronz, president and chief technology officer for BuildingReports. “For the first time, we have prepared the benchmark report in order to provide the industry with insights to help improve their businesses. This data will enable fire and safety officials to better work with service companies, building owners and property managers to ensure safety compliance.”
Over the 15 years of providing inspection reporting services, BuildingReports has amassed the largest database of fire and life safety equipment data in the world. With 1.85 million inspections in the database representing over 120 million inspected devices, BuildingReports has committed to providing verified aggregate data to the fire and life safety industry to assist in protecting the safety of all who live, work and visit a facility.