What are HRO™ Facilities?

HRO™ facilities can be defined as hospitals, nursing homes, extended care and assisted living facilities, group homes, schools and day care facilities. USAutomatic Fire and Security specializes in inspecting, testing and maintaining Highly Regulated Occupancy (HRO™) facilities in the State of Indiana while providing customized preventative maintenance programs tailored to your needs.

The Bottom Line – Saving Lives

These HRO businesses have greater life safety challenges because the people they serve typically cannot respond in a fire emergency without assistance. In the event of an emergency, there is nothing more important than saving these lives.
According to the NFPA

“the death rate per 1,000 fires was 94% lower when automatic fire suppression systems were present [and properly maintained] in nursing home structure fires.”

Fire and Building Codes require automatic detection, suppression, and notification systems work in concert to provide maximum life safety protection. These systems must be properly inspected, tested and maintained to ensure they are ready to respond with a zero failure tolerance. USAutomatic ensures that these systems respond the instant they are needed. In doing so, this provides trained staff with valuable seconds to evacuate and save every single life.

The Nature of the Beast

HROs are typically inspected by an abundance of regulatory agencies for code compliance. These agencies include the local fire department, State Fire Marshal, Indiana State Department of Health and accreditation organizations such as The Joint Commission.
A majority of state governments recognize the Joint Commission accreditation as a condition of licensure and a requirement to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement monies. Other accrediting organizations that also meet Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) include:
  • The Joint Commission:
    • Ambulatory Care Accreditation
    • Behavioral Health Care Accreditation
    • Critical Access Hospital Accreditation
    • Hospital Accreditation Program
    • Laboratory Services Accreditation
    • Long Term Care and Office-Based Surgery Accreditation Programs
  • The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP)
  • Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)

The Challenge

Fire and Building Codes change with each new code cycle and/or updated editions of the code. Federal and State regulatory agency fire code requirements can and do conflict occasionally due to the adoption of different editions of these codes.

The Solution

USAutomatic is highly skilled in guiding our clients through code conflicts, resolving them quickly and efficiently. We explicitly understand the importance of properly inspected, tested and well-maintained fire protection and alarm systems.

A director, facility manager, or owner cannot afford a negative inspection or code violation which will result in lost productivity, time and money, and resources – and most importantly, the very real and potential threat of lost lives.

At USAutomatic Fire and Security, our technicians are extensively trained to understand the complex and detailed requirements of local, state and federal code enforcement agencies. We intimately understand our clients’ stressors, fears, and day-to-day worries. There is a tremendous pressure being responsible for so many lives with a zero tolerance policy for failure.

Ultimately, USAutomatic Fire and Security, through its inspection, testing and maintenance services, is passionately dedicated to saving lives and providing total peace of mind.