chapter  21
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Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Hospitals are large places. Virtually everyone who has visited a friend or relative in a hospital has had a similar experience after leaving the visiting room: difficulty finding the way out. And this is under normal conditions. Consider others in the same hospital trying to exit or just move to a safe location under emergency conditions: patients who are sound asleep, patients who are not able to walk normally, those sedated, those in treatment, those in intensive care, the very old, and newborn babies. A hospital or healthcare facility is most assuredly the type of standing structure in which we would never want to see the onset of fire.