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      Suites Life Safety Code

      Lots of changes are in store for suites of rooms when the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code is finally adopted, and the changes are all for the better.…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 29, 2012
      Corridors Life Safety Code

      Here is a change in the Life Safety Code that I believe will do more harm than good: Changing what can be left unattended in hospital corridors.…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 26, 2012
      Life Safety Code Door Locks

      As we discussed in the previous posting, the healthcare chapters of the Life Safety Code allows for three (3) special locking arrangements:

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 24, 2012
      Life Safety Code Door Locks

      Electrically locked doors. The 2000 edition of the LSC does not discuss them, directly. However, it does talk about the three types of locks that are…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 22, 2012
      Life Safety Code Exits

      The current edition of the Life Safety Code (2000 edition) does not allow an unoccupied room (such as a mechanical room, janitor's closet, storage room)…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 20, 2012
      Article Infection Control

      Ugh. Here's a topic I don't care much about: Bugs. I have consulted in hospitals in the deep south where cockroaches are big enough to saddle and ride in…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 12, 2012
      Article Life Safety Code

      On December 8, 1961, a smoldering cigarette that was tossed into the hospital trash chute, ignite some combustibles and started a conflagration that…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 9, 2012
      Article Ceilings (Life Safety Code)

      Do the ceiling tiles in these pictures look anything like what you may have in your hospital? If so, then you may be out of compliance with the Life…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 6, 2012
      Life Safety Code Signs (Life Safety Code)

      Remember the rush we all made in the last 10 years or so to install stairwell identification signs inside our stairwells? Well, with the adoption of the…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 3, 2012
      Fire Extinguishers Q&A

      Q:  Is there any formal requirement to have a “contract” with a fire extinguisher company for extinguisher maintenance? I have a copy of their credentials…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 1, 2012
      Q&A Stairwells

      Q: In regards to stairwell signage, when you have restrictive access back into the building from a stairwell in accordance with section of the…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 1, 2012
      Q&A Doors

      Q: Can a door that opens onto the corridor have a magnet hold-open device that is not connected to the building fire alarm system, and does not release…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 1, 2012
      Q&A Door Locks

      Q: Are dead-bolt locks permitted on patient room doors, to keep unauthorized people from entering the rooms? We have dead-bolt locks on the patient room…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 1, 2012
      Article Smoking

      The cigarette butts you see in the picture to the left were found inside a walk-in filter bank in the intake side of  a large air handler unit for a…

      Bob Armbrister | Feb 1, 2012