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Fire Doors

Q: I work in an old hospital and we have quite a few fire rated openings that are missing labels, I'm having a company come in and rate the frames for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 29, 2020
DecorationsEgress

Q: Have you heard of a code or standard where you cannot use decorative paint on glass (i.e. Christmas decoration) within an ICU outside door with glass and glass windows? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 27, 2020
Interior Finish

Q: Are IT closet plywood backboards required to be fire rated with the rating showing in closets that are sprinklered? A: No. Section 19.3.3.2 of the 2012 LSC requires all …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 24, 2020
CorridorsDoors

Q: We have quite a few rooms throughout our facility that initially required automatic closing and latching hardware for fire requirements. These rooms have now been 'converted' to office use, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 22, 2020
Construction

Q: Is fire-retardant-treated wood permitted in a healthcare occupancy for roof construction, including girders and trusses, in Type II (000) construction? Background: NFPA 101-2012 Section 18.1.6.2 and 18.1.6.3 allows FRTW …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 20, 2020
Fire Extinguishers

Q: During a review of NFPA 10 chapter 6 dealing with the installation of portable fire extinguishers, I couldn't find anything that addressed the installation requirements for ABC extinguishers, such as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 17, 2020
Inspection & Maintenance (Life Safety Code)Joint CommissionTesting (Generators)Testing (Facilities Management)Testing (Fire Suppression Systems)Testing (Life Safety Code)AccreditationTesting (Fire Detection Systems)CMSTesting (Medical Gas)Testing (Accreditation/Certification)Fire Drills

Q: Has there been an update to the definition of time by TJC/CMS? I'm looking at quarterly fire drills right now, but any changes/clarification on the definition for all intervals …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 15, 2020
Delayed EgressDoor LocksCMS

Q: I have a question about delayed egress locks in nursing homes. Can you have more than one door equipped with delayed egress locks in a path of egress? I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 13, 2020
Fire DoorsHazardous Areas

Q: I believe you may have answered aspects of this question before but I was having trouble locating it again. I understand the difference between hazardous areas when considering new …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 10, 2020
Fire/Smoke DampersSmoke DampersFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: Do the NFPA standards for fire damper testing require the testing to be performed by a certified vendor/specialist or can it be performed internally by our engineering staff? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 8, 2020
Emergency Response Plan (Accreditation/CertificatiWaiversAccreditation/CertificationAccreditationCOVID-19CMS

During this period of COVID-19 crisis, many readers have written asking if they can discontinue conducting routine Life Safety tests and inspections in order to limit service technicians from entering …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 7, 2020
Air HandlersBatteries (Facilities Management)

Q: Are there any Life Safety Code requirements for a battery charging room, such as HVAC pressurization and air changes per hour (ACH) rates? These rooms are where I charge …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 6, 2020
Inspection & Maintenance (Fire Detection SysteFire Detection SystemsTesting (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: What is the testing requirement for a fire alarm system in a nursing home? Is it annual or semiannual? A: The testing frequencies for a fire alarm system differ …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 3, 2020
Life Safety CodeCOVID-19Fire Drills

Q: As the world faces this pandemic, can fire drill requirements be suspended or replaced with staff education type in-services? A: Fire drills are a mandatory requirement that is regulated by …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 2, 2020
Behavioral HealthDoor Locks

Q: We have a Geri-Psych unit and the stairwells are locked on that unit. Back in 2009, you surveyed our facility and wrote in your findings, "The housekeeper person on …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2020

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