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Stan Szpytek

President, Fire and Life Safety, Inc.

Stan Szpytek

Stan Szpytek is the president of consulting firm Fire and Life Safety, Inc., in Mesa, Arizona,...

In times of emergency—respond!

March 6, 2013  |  Stan Szpytek

Those given the privilege and responsibility of providing care as well as other services to the frail and elderly are placed in a position where their actions must be clear and decisive in times of emergency.

Preventing workplace violence in LTC

February 26, 2013  |  Stan Szpytek

Site security, recognizing and defusing aggressive behavior and workplace violence prevention are topics that should be integrated into every facility’s training regimens.

Tragic blaze in Brazil, fire at AL facility put focus on fire safety

January 28, 2013  |  Stan Szpytek

The tragic events surrounding the deadly nightclub fire that happened over the weekend in Brazil should remind occupancies of all types to focus on fire safety every day of the year.

Beware of portable electric space heaters in LTC

January 14, 2013  |  Stan Szpytek

Each year, hundreds of people die in fires caused by heating equipment, including portable space heaters, according to the National Fire Protection Association. While prohibited in smoke compartments where residents are present in skilled nursing facilities, portable electric space heaters continue to find their way into LTC facilities of all types.

Tragedy in Connecticut reinforces need to protect vulnerable populations

December 17, 2012  |  Stan Szpytek

Safety and security is a matter that every type of LTC facility should take very seriously. Assuming that seniors are immune from the type of violence that was witnessed at Sandy Hook Elementary School is a mistake.

Remembering your community’s first responders this holiday season

November 28, 2012  |  Stan Szpytek

I challenge LTC providers to think of creative ways to develop solid and meaningful relationships with their community’s first responders and providers of other essential services that will be mutually beneficial in good times as well as bad times.

Recovering from disaster in long-term care

November 8, 2012  |  Stan Szpytek

A good percentage of disaster management is “getting your ducks in a row.” Most of this involves establishing appropriate relationships that may be premised on contacts, formalized agreements and memorandums of understanding with vendors of essential services and other facilities that may be needed to provide evacuation and relocation assistance during the disaster recovery phase.

5 tips to keep emergency generators performing in LTC facilities

October 29, 2012  |  Stan Szpytek

The danger of complacency and not performing the necessary “due diligence” as it relates to the installation and maintenance of your facility’s generator(s) and emergency power systems can lead to catastrophic failures. Here are five tips to help ensure that your emergency power system performs to its maximum potential at all times.

Business continuity planning starts with safety at home

October 11, 2012  |  Stan Szpytek

Planning for an emergency at your LTC facility must start at home so your organization can help protect one of its most valuable resources--employees and their families.

Disaster Recovery Requires Pre-Planning

September 19, 2012  |  Stan Szpytek

Planning for the unexpected means forming a clear plan of action and knowing who to call when disaster strikes.