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ArticleTesting (Accreditation/Certification)

Q: On annual testing requirements, how many days do you have on either side of the test date? A: If the NFPA standard simply says the test is required ‘annually’, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 28, 2018
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 | Feb 27, 2018
Fire DoorsArticle

Q: My hospital is a behavioral health hospital converted from an acute hospital. The doors on patient rooms and mostly all doors in this building are solid core doors....which are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 26, 2018
Chutes (Life Safety Code)Article

Q: I have a 3-story linen chute in our facility. The chute is enclosed within a 1-hour shaft from the 1st floor deck through the roof of the facility. In …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 23, 2018
Door LocksExitsArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Isn't this a winner...? I should submit this picture to Lori Greene so she can …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 22, 2018
SuitesArticle

Q: We have two adjacent suites that are not separated by a smoke wall. My question is; does a door along that separation have to meet the requirements of a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 21, 2018
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 | Feb 20, 2018
ArticleDoors

Q: I’m confused… does the door frame in a fire door have to be labeled, when 100% sprinkled with 1-hour fire-rated assemblies are in place with a 45-minute labeled door …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 19, 2018
ArticleConstruction Types

Q: What is the allowed distance a non-sprinkled stick built building can be located beside a hospital? A: Your question encompasses a couple of different issues. When you say “stick-built” …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 16, 2018
Fire ExtinguishersArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Believe it or not, there is a fire extinguisher buried behind all of the trash …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 15, 2018
AppliancesArticle

Q: Are toaster ovens with a grounded third prong plug acceptable in a hospital staff lounge? The plug should allow for any short-circuit. A: Actually, according to section 19.3.2.5.2 of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 14, 2018
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 | Feb 13, 2018
ArticleOperating RoomFire Drills

Q: Back in March 2016, you answered a reader's question that fire drills are not specifically required for operating rooms. While reviewing NFPA 99-2012, I came across a section that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 12, 2018
Life Safety CodeElevatorsArticle

Q: How do I perform the elevator recall test? A: If you have never performed an elevator recall test, I suggest you have your elevator maintenance company show you how …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 9, 2018
ArticleDoors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Boxes and supplies blocking a door, preventing it from closing. Don't know what the circumstances …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 8, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: Can a patient bed or gurney be left in front of a fire extinguisher or a medical gas shutoff valve in a procedural area, such as an operating room, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 7, 2018
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 | Feb 6, 2018
ArticleTrash Receptacles

Q: Can you tell me where to find the code reference for trash cans in healthcare, ambulatory, and business occupancies? I have reviewed the respective chapters in the 2012 LSC …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 5, 2018
DecorationsArticlePatient Rooms

Q: Where does "Homelike Environment" end and fire safety begin? We have a resident who likes to push-pin everything she makes in activities to her wall. On a recent Life/Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 2, 2018
Hazardous AreasArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... This may be hard to see but there is an 'Exit' sign over the door …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2018

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