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Fire AlarmSmoke DetectorsSprinklers

Q: Are there any exceptions in NFPA 13 for smoke detectors in lieu of sprinklers in areas such as radiology rooms or other high tech equipment rooms and still be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 31, 2019
Parking GarageStorage (Facilities Management)Parking GarageConstruction Types

Q: Can you have a parking garage under a health care occupancy/patient sleeping areas, that does not have smoke separations but does have a 2-hour fire rated barrier between the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 29, 2019
Fire DoorsDoors

Q: My boss has hired an outside company that has advised him to rip fire rating labels off of doors and frames that we have maintained properly for decades. We …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 26, 2019
NFPA 99Risk AssessmentAccreditationCMS

Q: A question came up concerning the NFPA 99 (2012) Risk Assessment. Does this only pertain to new construction or does it pertain to existing buildings also? Our company has …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 24, 2019
Inspection & Maintenance (Fire Suppression SysFire Extinguishers

Q: In regards to fire extinguisher inspections… when the annual fire extinguisher maintenance is done, say in June, does the monthly fire extinguisher inspection still need to be completed? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 22, 2019
Door Locks

Q: When deactivating a magnetic lock but leaving it in place, what is the exact/excepted wording used noting that this magnetic lock is no longer in use? A: What you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 19, 2019
Fire AlarmSmoke DetectorsILSM

Q: We are seeking to reduce activation of smoke heads contained in our construction areas. In your opinion, if the construction area has existing sprinkler coverage or if new active …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 17, 2019
Air HandlersClean Supply Room

Q: Can we have a fan unit installed in a clean supply room? We have a room where an air handler unit is installed for cooling another equipment room. The …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 15, 2019
Joint CommissionFGI GuidelinesHand Washing Sink

Q: We have a relatively new Infection Control team. They are performing rounds and having mock surveys with a nurse-consultant that cites issues from the 2014 FGI in areas that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 12, 2019
NFPA 99Risk AssessmentCMS

Q: In regards to risk assessments, would you base a risk level to include having any additional controls in place for each item assessed, or do you place the risk …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 10, 2019
Electrical Equipment

Q: What is the clearance required in front of electrical distribution panels? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, article 110.26, a minimum of 36 inches clearance is required in front of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 8, 2019
Business OccupanciesFire AlarmSmoke Detectors

Q: What are the requirements for the use of smoke detectors in a business occupancy physician office that does not have an automatic sprinkler system? The fire marshal is telling …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 3, 2019
Emergency PhonesStairwells

Q: I have been reading about stairwells and what the code addresses. I am interpreting that the AHJ's are stringent of what can be placed in a stairwell. Is it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2019

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