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Q&AConstructionEgress

Q: Are there any problems with maintaining an emergency exit for a hospital OR area that travels through an adjacent construction project? Also, can these doors be taped or sealed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 29, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsTesting (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: With regards to the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and the requirement to perform annual inspections of smoke/fire doors, would it be safe to assume that annual …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 28, 2017
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Does section 19.3.2.1 of the 2012 Life Safety Code allow hazardous rooms to not be constructed with one-hour fire rated barriers if it is fully fire sprinklered? If healthcare …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 27, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: What is the storage height requirement in buildings that are not sprinkled? In other words, how high can we stack items on shelves in storage areas in a non-sprinkled …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 25, 2017
Q&ACalibration Gas

Q: Are there any storage requirements for full small calibration gas cylinders? The tanks are secure in that they are in holders; however, they are stored under a shelf in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 22, 2017
Q&AHeadroom

Q: Is there a minimum height requirement for a fully sprinklered corridor? A: Yes… you will find the minimum headroom height requirement in section 7.1.5.1 of the 2012 LSC. Means …

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

Q: I'd like some clarification concerning the new requirement for annual fire door inspections: NFPA 101 2012, Chapter 7.2.1.15 States "Where required by Chapters 11 through 43, the following door …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 20, 2017
Q&AConstruction

Q: Is there a fire rating requirement for a temporary construction barrier that will separate a construction area from a patient care area which will be an occupied space throughout …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 18, 2017
Q&ACorridors

Q: I understand that with the adoption of the new 2012 Life Safety Code there is a change in corridor projections from 6 inches to 4 inches. Would this new …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 15, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksDoors

Q: Is it allowed to use door wedges to keep the exam doors locked? If an intruder enters our hospital, there was some talk about using the door wedges to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 14, 2017
Q&ASleep Rooms (Life Safety Code)

Q: Do doctor’s sleep rooms have to be separated from other areas on a patient floor by a 2 or 1 hour fire-rated barrier? A: No… There is no requirement …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 13, 2017
Q&AElevators

Q: There’s a lot of confusion surrounding this topic; primarily when and where elevator lobbies are required. The consensus of the architects and fire protection engineers I’ve talked to is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 11, 2017
SuitesQ&AWalls

Q: We have a suite inside of a smoke compartment. We are trying to find out if the dividing wall needs to be the same as the 1-hour smoke barrier …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 8, 2017
Q&AFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: Electric fire pumps needed to be run once a week. Then that was changed to once a month. Now the new NFPA 25 has the pump being run once …

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

Q: Our hospital is wondering if it is a requirement to have fire extinguishers in our linen/trash chute room? If so where can I find the code reference? A: No… …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 6, 2017
ArticleDoors

Q: We were cited during a recent survey for not having our power assist doors to our ICU suite connected to the fire alarm system. I thought that was only …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 5, 2017
Q&AWaiversEquivalencies

Q: During a recent webinar, the presenter said waivers and equivalencies are only valid until the next triennial survey. Does that really mean if CMS approved a waiver or an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 4, 2017
Q&AOzone

Q: Are you aware of any regulation that would disallow the use of Ozone machines in hospitals? Are ozone machines allowed in hospitals? We had thought about using ozone machines …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 1, 2017

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