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      Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

      Q: We have chosen to install some extra battery egress lights in our hospital that are not required. One of these areas is our stairways. 100% of the…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 27, 2019
      Stairwells Doors Door Locks

      Q: I'm a Facilities Director overseeing an existing 8-story (basement included) acute care hospital fully sprinklered. We wish to mechanically lock (no…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 25, 2019
      Emergency Department Suites CMS

      Q: If an Emergency Department is greater than 7500 square feet but less than 10,000 square feet and is deemed to have "sleeping accommodations", do the…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 22, 2019
      Safety Safety Management Security

      Q: How do I decrease workplace violence incidents in the hospital where I work?

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 21, 2019
      Corridors Patient Rooms Doors CMS

      Q: A deficiency was found by CMS on a recent survey that stated 'staff failed to provide a safe and hazard free environment by not having all doors…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 20, 2019
      Corridors Doors

      Q: Someone just asked me a question and I haven’t thought about this one before.  This AHJ is enforcing the IBC but I’m looking for an NFPA viewpoint and…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 18, 2019
      Fire Alarm Fire Watch ILSM

      Q: If we put the fire alarm system in test by-pass but we are still monitoring the alarms so we can troubleshoot or test the system so we avoid nuisance…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 15, 2019
      Construction Smoke Detectors Fire Alarm Fire Watch

      Q: We are seeking to eliminate accidental activation of existing smoke heads in healthcare spaces that are taken over for renovation/construction work…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 13, 2019
      Business Occupancies Accreditation ILSM

      Q: Is there a code requirement for implementing an Interim Life Safety Measure (ILSM) for occupancies other than healthcare (i.e. business occupancies) if…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 11, 2019
      Equipment (Generators) Documentation (Generators)

      Q: I have a question regarding emergency generators and Level 1 classification. I'm at a sister hospital and they went through a State Surveyor and he…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 8, 2019
      Alcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

      Q: In the 2012 LSC concerning alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers in a hospital setting, is there a limit to the number of dispensers that can be in…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 6, 2019
      Fire Alarm Equipment (Fire Detection Systems)

      Q: My fire alarm installer tells me that NFPA 72 does not require strobe synchronization of two (only two) devices. The sync is required if there are more…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 4, 2019
      Positive Latching Doors

      Q: I read recently that Joint Commission allows a door with a power operator to not have to positively latch as long as it has 5-lbs. of force keeping it…

      Bob Armbrister | Nov 1, 2019