New Safety Regulations for High-Rise Hospitals in the City

The recent fire accidents in two leading hospitals in the city have prompted government to make the following as mandatory:

  • Hospitals operating in high-rise buildings must provide enough open space, fire lifts and integrated building management system with modern automated fire and life safety system in the building.
  • The height of the ambulatory patient wards should be at least 3.6 metres and the height of all critical treatments areas like ICUs should be four metres.
  • There should be at last one horizontal exit provided on every floor and there should be vertical stairs on all floors with width according to the National Building Code.

Source: Times of India