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      Q&A Stairwells Mechanical Rooms

      Q: With the elimination of the CMS Waivers, I was trying to clarify what now applies for mechanical room combustibles storage (i.e. mechanical areas with…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 31, 2017
      Q&A Decorations

      Q: What (if any) is the regulation on the governance of holiday lights in a healthcare occupancy?

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 30, 2017
      Q&A Fire Alarm Batteries (Fire Detection Systems)

      Q: Can you tell me where I could find the code reference for how often batteries serving fire alarm panels (booster panels, control panels, etc.) need to…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 28, 2017
      Q&A Smoke Barrier Doors

      Q: Are smoke barrier doors and frames required to have a fire rating label?

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 25, 2017
      Q&A Fire Alarm

      Q: Recently we had an actual fire that set off our fire alarm. Our operators did not silence the audible horns, which are very loud, before announcing the…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 24, 2017
      Q&A Smoke Barrier Doors Testing (Life Safety Code)

      Q: Do doors in smoke barriers in healthcare occupancies have to be tested and inspected? Section 7.2.1.15.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code says smoke door…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 23, 2017
      Article Life 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…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 22, 2017
      Business Occupancies Q&A Storage (Life Safety Code)

      Q: I am struggling with the Life Safety Code and need some clarification. I have an offsite clinic that is classified as a business occupancy with a…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 21, 2017
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      Bob Armbrister | Aug 19, 2017
      Q&A Stairwells Security Cameras

      Q: What is the Life Safety Code ruling on cameras and speakers in stairwells? Joint Commission was in and cited us on having cameras in the stairwells. We…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 18, 2017
      Operating Room Q&A Door Locks

      Q: Our operating rooms were constructed with deadbolt locks on each surgical room. I'm told they did this to keep someone from entering the room during a…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 17, 2017
      Q&A Fire Drills

      Q: I have a question that is still a little fuzzy regarding fire drills. My hospital is partners with a separate clinic. Several of the clinics throughout…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 16, 2017
      Article Life 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…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 15, 2017
      Q&A Fire Drills

      Q: Somewhere I read that at least 50% of fire drills had to be unannounced. I don't find that requirement in NFPA Life Safety Code so it may have been a…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 14, 2017
      Q&A Behavioral Health

      Q: I have a behavioral health unit where the lab technicians have placed a chair in the corridor to draw blood samples from the patients. This chair is…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 11, 2017
      Q&A Accreditation

      Q: Our hospital has a room that is used for seclusion in a Behavioral Health unit. The door to this room is locked and it does not allow the patient to…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 10, 2017
      Q&A Cooking Appliances

      Q: We have an assisted living and basic care units at our facility. We have 48 total units: 24 on the east side and 24 on the west side. On each wing we…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 9, 2017
      Article Life 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…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 8, 2017
      Q&A Soiled Utility Room

      Q: Is it required that all soiled utility rooms have a dedicated sink for handwashing only?

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 7, 2017
      Smoke Compartment Article CMS

      The following article was published in HCPro's Hospital Safety Insider, on August 3, 2017:

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 5, 2017
      Q&A Sprinklers Testing (Fire Suppression Systems)

      Q: I reside in California. Do I need a special license or certificate to perform monthly and quarterly sprinkler systems tests and/or inspections?…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 4, 2017
      Q&A Sprinklers

      Q: How many spare sprinkler heads are we required to keep on hand in our hospital? Some people have told us we need 6 of each kind of head we have, and…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 3, 2017
      Q&A Power Strips

      Q: As always I enjoy reading your articles and appreciate your opinions. My question this time focuses on special relocatable power taps and is centered…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 2, 2017
      Article Life 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…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 1, 2017