This hospital fire evacuation plan was developed to address hospitals' vulnerability to fires. All possible precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of hospital fires and emphasize evacuation's importance. Hospitals do not catch fire! A hospital fire evacuation plan applies to existing hospitals that can be retrofitted to improve fire safety and proposed or newly built facilities. The primary goal is to avoid evacuating patients unless necessary. As a result, special emphasis should be placed on proper prevention and suppression techniques to prevent this worst-case scenario. That being said, evacuation training and readiness are critical for avoiding and minimizing loss of life.