The current global health crisis is placing enormous pressure on health care facilities and changing the way people think about safety.

Conditions in health care facilities today make the performance of the building’s infrastructure more important than ever, magnifying the criticality of safety systems such as fire protection.Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, new ways of meeting updated NFPA guidelines had begun to offer better approaches to protecting people as well as advanced equipment from harm, and these initiatives will continue to improve the ability of hospitals, care centers and workers to protect their people, patients and property during challenging times.

With expectations changing, fire protection systems and construction methods are transforming to keep up, and new approaches to complying with NFPA guidelines are continuing to evolve.Many of the challenges for fire protection in hospitals centers are around figuring out how to apply NFPA standards in the construction of new units and retrofitting existing facilities.