Ask an Expert
Discuss My Needs
Menu
Discuss My Needs
Ask an Expert
Keyes Life Safety

Our Life Safety educational resource hub is full of healthcare knowledge to help you be better informed of the changing world around you. 

Rather than sit back and act on decisions made by others, we are leading the charge as it relates to identifying best practices for Life Safety Code® and compliance. We have real people that give our clients real information that can be put into practice.

Interested in reading our experts' take on Life Safety? Then subscribe to our free blog below! We discuss readers' questions, share interesting observations from the field, and more.

Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AClean Supply Room

Q: In an OB (obstetrics) supply room, can beverages such as apple juice, water or an ice machine be stored in the room with central supply items? A: The Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 31, 2017
Q&AUL (Underwriters Laboratories)ETL (Intertek ETL)

Q: While I realize that the UL label is accepted by most all AHJs, what about the ETL label from Intertek? Recently I had a fan purchased by a member …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 28, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsTesting (Accreditation/Certification)

Q: Does the authority having jurisdiction have the final say whether or not an individual has the ‘knowledge and understanding’ required to perform fire door inspections? A: Yes they do …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 27, 2017
Q&AFire Doors

Q: If a fire door is in a wall that is not a fire-rated wall, will the wall need to be brought to be a fire-rated wall? A: No… not …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 26, 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 | Jul 25, 2017
Q&AHumidityTemperature

Q: During our mock inspection this week at our hospital, they are asking for temp and humidity checks in the surgery hallways. We do monitor the surgery rooms and center …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 24, 2017
ArticleCMSTesting (Accreditation/Certification)

I recently posted on documentation retention, and how long you should keep test/inspection records. A reader contacted me and said they attended a recent ASHE regional event where the speaker …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 22, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: For business occupancies, does the requirement that alcohol based hand sanitizers cannot be installed above a carpeted floor apply? The business occupancy does not have an automatic fire suppression …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 21, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsTesting (Life Safety Code)

Q: In regards to fire door inspections, what are the qualifications of the person to perform the inspection? A: NFPA 80-2010, section 5.2.3.1 says fire doors must be tested by …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 20, 2017
Q&ATesting (Life Safety Code)Documentation (Life Safety Code)

Q: Our organization is accredited by Joint Commission. I know for inspection purposes we need to have the current year plus that past three years of documentation for LS and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 19, 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 | Jul 18, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesTesting (Generators)Generators

Q: Does a diesel generator that is located in a business occupancy require the same testing frequencies as the one at our hospital requires? A: It depends if the generator …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 17, 2017
Q&AILSM

Q: During our last survey the life safety code specialist discovered that 2 of our stairwells were deficient as far as the fire-rating. The contractor did a lousy job as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 14, 2017
Q&AFire Alarm

Q: What code states that quarterly communication between our fire panel and our local fire department must be completed? A: What used to be called the off-site monitoring transmission equipment …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 13, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsDoors

Q: What is the maximum you can have between the bottom of door and the thresholds for a fire-rated door assembly? I have some stairwell doors with 1 inch to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 12, 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 | Jul 11, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: I am looking for clarification on the storage of alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) solution. I know the standard indicates that no more than 10 gallons of ABHR can …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 10, 2017
Q&ASafetyElectrical

Q: I work in a psychiatric hospital. One of the therapies used here involves our clients doing their own personal laundry, so we have multiple laundry rooms off the units …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 7, 2017
Q&AFire Extinguishers

Q: Do the accreditation organizations require a fire extinguisher inside the MRI room, or can it be located in the MRI control room? A: The accreditation organizations would follow what …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 6, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsDoors

Q: It has been our practice to not allow door hold open wedges on any door within the hospital. As far as code requirements go is it rated doors only, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 5, 2017
Article

In your career, you will meet lots of interesting people. If you're fortunate in life, some of those people will be a blessing to you. That is the case for me …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 4, 2017
Q&ACardboard

Q: Is there a specific code reference in regards to storage of boxes on the floor? I am trying to locate any specific code language for preventing the use of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 3, 2017
Emergency DepartmentArticleAccreditationCMS

If you've been reading my blog postings over the past few months ( see http://keyeslife.wpengine.com/?s=emergency+department), you've read were I have reported that CMS has issued informal, non-public letters to the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2017

Real people. Real solutions.

We help you be better informed of the changing world around you.  Our life safety blog answers your real world questions! 

More...

More...

Subscribe to Updates

We care and want to help.

We want to help coach, guide, and navigate you through all things Life Safety.
DISCUSS MY NEEDS