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      Corridors Smoke Compartment Article Doors

      I want to clarify a confusing point in the seven-year old CMS S&C memo 07-18 issued April 20, 2007. This is a memo which CMS wanted to explain that…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 31, 2014
      Q&A Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

      Q: Is there a NFPA standard for emergency lighting placement in an anesthetizing location? A specific requirement where on the wall or ceiling it must be…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 28, 2014
      Article Life Safety Code

      At times we struggle to decide when do new construction requirements (chapter 18 of the LSC) apply and when do existing conditions (chapter 19 of the LSC)…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 24, 2014
      Business Occupancies Q&A

      Q: Our new clinic integration program has made us look closely at the clinic's life safety process. The clinic is classified as a business occupancy. Is…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 21, 2014

      [The following information is taken from an online ASHE Advocacy notice, published July 17, 2014, and reprinted here for your information.]

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 18, 2014
      Article Life Safety Code Documentation (Life Safety Code) Testing (Life Safety Code)

      My recent series of articles on Documentation created quite a bit of response. One individual had this question:

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 17, 2014
      Q&A Sprinklers

      Q: During a recent survey, the life safety surveyor wrote a finding that my refrigerator and freezer walk-in coolers are not in compliance with the…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 14, 2014
      Article Kitchens Extinguishing Systems

      The fire suppression system that is required to be mounted in kitchen cooking hoods is typically a wet-chemical extinguishing system that automatically…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 10, 2014
      Q&A Sprinklers Testing (Fire Suppression Systems) Main Drain

      Q: Where are main drain tests required to be done? This is a large medical facility with nine story towers. Several fire mains feed the various campus…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 7, 2014
      Article Life Safety Code Smoke Dampers Testing (Life Safety Code)

      What do we do with smoke dampers now that the hospital is fully protected with sprinklers? That question is asked many times by facility managers who are…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 3, 2014
      Joint Commission Article CMS

      I suspect most of you didn't give this much thought, but ever since 2009, The Joint Commission has had to apply to CMS for their deeming authority to…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 1, 2014