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ArticleFire Drills

A recent question by a reader asked if fire-rated doors and smoke compartment barrier doors that close on a fire alarm could be opened before the fire alarm is considered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 30, 2017
Q&AEvacuation (Life Safety Code)

Q: Our fire plan says if there were ever a fire in our hospital, we would evacuate our patients horizontally to the other side of the smoke barrier. It then …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 29, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: I have a procedure room in our Cath Lab that Administration wants to convert to a storage room. The building is fully sprinkled and as I look at NFPA …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 28, 2017
ArticleLife Safety Boot Camp

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from Life Safety surveyors on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 27, 2017
Q&ACorridorsWallsCarpeting

Q: I have a nursing home that is over 20 years old that has carpet on the corridor walls below the handrails. I am been told that this carpet must …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 26, 2017
Q&ACorridors

Q: We have a corridor that connects an existing elevator lobby on the 2nd floor of a three story hospital to a new addition. The corridor is used for the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 23, 2017
Q&AConstruction

Q: We are planning to update a pair of fire-rated automatic corridor doors which happened to be located in our Emergency Room and in a 2-hour rated wall. The work …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 21, 2017
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyHealthcare Occupancy

Q: A surgery suite (5 ORs), PACU (8 bays), and ASU (17 rooms), newly built on the 3rd floor of a business occupancy building. A 2 hour box was constructed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 19, 2017
Q&ASeclusion Rooms

Q: Our firm has designed several Psychiatric Units lately and there is a question regarding the seclusion room construction. There is a concern as to whether or not the Seclusion …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 16, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&ADoor Locks

Q: The computer server is located in the mechanical room. IT wants the room locked for HIPAA compliance. Is it permissible to lock a mechanical room? Doesn't locking compromise access …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 15, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsTesting (Life Safety Code)

Q: In regards to the new annual fire rated door assembly inspection, are we to inspect every door that has a fire rating or the doors that are located in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 14, 2017
Q&AEvacuation (Life Safety Code)Stairwells

Q: I just got cited by the Joint Commission for having evacuation chairs at tops of our stairwells. The chairs were not causing any egress issues in my opinion, but …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 12, 2017
Q&ASoiled Utility Room

Q: What is the protocol to maintain a soiled utility room on a patient floor? What guidelines have to be met? A: As far as what guidelines have to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 9, 2017
Q&AStairwells

Q: We are being told that section 7.2.2.5.4.3 of the 2012 Life Safety Code requires us to install paint on the nose tread on stairs in existing egress stairways as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 8, 2017
Q&AFire ExtinguishersOperating Room

Q: Our facility recently installed water-mist fire extinguishers in all of our operating rooms, which is the sole fire suppressant. Is this acceptable? A: It could be okay to have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 7, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsDoorsWalls

Q: Is it permissible to completely cover a fire rated door in a hospital with a polyvinyl picture/mural? Also, is it permissible to cover a fire rated wall, from floor …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2017
Q&AExit Signs

Q: This question was recently brought to my attention: “Why do rooms, offices, and work areas do not have “Exit” signs over the doors leaving the rooms?” I could not …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 2, 2017
Q&ADecorations

Q: Must combustible decorations have a flame-retardant coating and sticker affixed (or documentation provided) as long as the total area does not exceed the 30% wall surface threshold for fully-sprinklered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 1, 2017

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