The defend-in-place strategy used in health care occupancies is a critical function of patient safety. Because of limited mobility, and in some cases immobility, of patients, it is in the best interest of the patient to remain in place during fire emergencies. In rare cases patients may need to be horizontally relocated away from the fire but not evacuated from the building. For these reasons, fire safety features required for health care occupancies must be properly designed to applicable codes.
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