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Q&ABusiness OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub DispensersCorridors

Q: Can you give me some direction in the Life Safety Code on where alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers are not allowed in business occupancy corridors? A: Take a look …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 31, 2017
Q&AEmergency Lights (Life Safety Code)Generators

Q: In regards to emergency generator backup lights, I seek clarity how long does the battery have to last? I'm assuming that the battery should be able to be tested …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 29, 2017
Q&AEmergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

Q: The egress lighting in our facility is connected to our generator through the life safety circuit and the light fixtures have no batteries. The task lighting in our operating …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 26, 2017
Q&AAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: In regards to the new CMS requirements regarding corridor projections, will alcohol based hand-rub (ABHR) dispensers have to comply? Currently, our ABHR dispensers exceed the 4-inch limit for items …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 25, 2017
Q&AWallsOverhead Rolling Fire Doors

Q: We have an existing overhead rolling fire door acting as a curtain-window between a phlebotomy area and the egress corridor that is no longer needed (like to those found …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 24, 2017
Q&ADocumentation (Life Safety Code)

Q: How long does Joint Commission require records to be kept on inspections like fire alarm systems, fire drills, sprinklers, fire dampers, and PM records for beds and refrigerators, etc? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 22, 2017
Q&ASprinklers

Q: I just had a survey and received a finding for dust on some of the sprinkler heads. I understand that foreign material is not permitted, but minute amounts of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 19, 2017
Q&AConstruction

Q: Is there a specific date for construction that is a cut-off point between chapter 18 and chapter 19, or does chapter 19 always applies once the new construction is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 18, 2017
Q&AEmergency Phones

Q: Are firefighter emergency call phones still required in new construction? We have an existing hospital and management is wanting to add a whole new patient tower and the construction …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 17, 2017
Q&AElectrical

Q: My questions are in relation to access control into electrical closets and life safety equipment closets. We have several electrical closets "locked down" by our IT department because they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 15, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: Does section 7.2.1.5.10.2 of the 2012 edition of the LSC, which prohibits more than one releasing actions to operate the door apply to office doors within a healthcare occupancy? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 12, 2017
Q&AFire Pump

Q: Do we have to conduct a monthly flow test on fire pumps in healthcare? A: No… NFPA 25-2011, section 8.3.1.2 requires monthly test of the electric-driven fire pump at …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 11, 2017
Q&ASprinklers

Q: I listened in on your webinar when you introduced all of us to the changes with the new 2012 Life Safety Code. In regards to the section involving fire sprinklers …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 10, 2017
Q&AElectrical

Q: We are in the process of designing a new building for our ASC. I have been asked to mark the building plans with where I want the red outlets …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 8, 2017
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: In regards to oxygen cylinder storage on the nursing units, is there a code or standard that restricts the distance between a storage rack of 6 E size cylinders …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 5, 2017
Q&AFire Alarm

Q: In regards to multi-sensor devices, such as rate of rise/fixed temp combo heat detectors; if the rate of rise portion of the device is testable, but the fixed temp …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 4, 2017
Q&AFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: I read where the annual fire pump test requires a 30-minute churn test but does not differentiate between a diesel or electric pump (as in the weekly test). NFPA …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 3, 2017
Q&AHardwareDoors

Q: I have been asked about the requirements for the use of the lower bottom rod hardware in cross-corridor egress doors which provide positive latching and building separation. For aesthetic …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2017

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