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Fire AlarmFire Alarm Notification Devices

Q: We are currently in the process of installing a new fire alarm system in our hospital. The old system has an annunciator panel at every nurse station and multiple …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 29, 2020
Storage (Medical Gas)Oxygen Cylinders

Q: Our hospital has an offsite Sleep Lab where patients are treated for sleep-related issues. Most patients need to be hooked to oxygen during these tests. The lab is located …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 26, 2020
Fire Doors

Q: The vendor that did our annual fire door inspection cited a deficiency that the viewer/window in our existing fire doors did not have a label. Are viewers/windows in existing …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 24, 2020

Q: NFPA 101-2012; allows "non-continuous projections not more than 6 in. from the corridor wall, above the handrail height", but the ADA-2010 Standard [§204] only allows projections of 4 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 22, 2020
Interior Finish

Q: Are headwalls made out of plywood consider an interior wall finish? Do these headwalls need to be constructed from flame-retardant plywood? A: I don’t know what you mean when you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 19, 2020
HVACEquipment (Life Safety Code)

Q: Are healthcare facilities required to have the heating and cooling systems on the emergency back-up generators by code? A: The answer is yes for some heating equipment, but no …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 17, 2020
Storage (Life Safety Code)Stairwells

Q: My question relates to storage in stairwells. Emergency Management is requesting patient transfer devices, (Sleds and Stair Chairs) to be stored in the stairwell. This would locate the device …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 15, 2020
Testing (Fire Detection Systems)Technician (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: Have I misinterpreted the new NFPA-25-2010 Testing and Inspection criteria for sprinkler systems? It’s my understanding that the technician performing the T&I services for water flow testing of sprinkler …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 12, 2020
Signs (Fire Suppression Systems)Signage (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: I have a client that needs to set up hydraulic placards on their sprinkler main vertical risers. I'm trying to get more information but can you help me with where …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 10, 2020
Hazardous Areas

Q: Would a sterile processing room be considered a hazardous area? There are not a lot of combustible supplies and the only flammable liquid is ethyl alcohol. There is glutaraldehyde …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 8, 2020
Medical GasSigns (Medical Gas)

Q: What signs are needed for a manifold room with Oxygen, Nitrous Oxide, Medical Air, and Carbon Dioxide that is behind 2 doors? A: According to NFPA 99-2012, section 11341, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2020

Q: Are new cross-corridor doors that are strictly privacy doors (not part of any smoke or fire barrier) required to be double egress? I can't seem to find it in code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 3, 2020
Business OccupanciesFire Drills

Q: Is there a requirement to activate the fire alarm system in a patient/non-patient care business occupancy building during a scheduled fire drill? A: I would say so. Section 38/3972 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 1, 2020

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