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Fire Alarm Notification Devices

Q: Our hospital facility is 800,000 square feet with several of our buildings connected by tunnels. We have fire alarm panels (slaves) in each of the buildings that are connected …

Gene Rowe | Jul 31, 2020
Equipment (Fire Suppression Systems)Fire Suppression Systems

Q: I have a flexible sprinkler pipe question. Can flexible sprinkler pipe penetrate a 2-hour rated fire wall separating a Business Occupancy and an Ambulatory Occupancy? A: According to section …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 29, 2020
Flammable Liquids

Q: According to NFPA 30, the maximum allowable quantity of flammable liquids in an appropriate storage cabinet is 120 gallons, regardless of whether the room where it is stored is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 27, 2020

Q: We were cited during a recent survey for not having our power assist doors to our ICU suite connected to the fire alarm system. I thought that was only …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 24, 2020
Fire Doors

Q: Is wired glass vision panels allowed in smoke or fire barrier doors? A: NFPA 80-2010, section 4.4.1 says only labeled fire-resistance-rated or fire-protection-rated glazing materials is permitted in fire …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 22, 2020
Inspection & Maintenance (Facilities ManagemenElectrical ReceptacleTesting (Facilities Management)

Q: One of our health care facilities has just completed their annual Life Safety Survey and during the brief exit conference the Fire Marshall indicated that a yearly test on …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 20, 2020
Alcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: My question is in regards to the spacing between alcohol-based hand-rub (ABHR) sanitizer dispensers when they are placed inside and outside patient rooms. In that situation, does the 4-foot …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 17, 2020
Life Safety Code

Q: I have been asked to install "AREA OF REFUGE" signs on top of the doorframe on both sides on several areas of the hospital. Is there a specific per code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 15, 2020
Cooking AppliancesAppliances

Q: I currently work in a long-term care facility capable of being home to eighty residents, but we have sold off multiple beds and are now down to forty-eight residents …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 13, 2020
Construction BarrierExit SignsSurvey FindingsFire WatchConstructionSmoke DetectorsILSMSprinklersEgress

Q: What would a surveyor would be looking for if they were to show up at our hospital and find that there is construction going on? What steps would the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 10, 2020
Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)Batteries (Facilities Management)Batteries (Life Safety Code)Emergency Lights (Facilities Management)

Q: We are trying to correct the terminology we use in our automated PM system, in this case, we have ‘battery exit light fixture’, ‘battery can light fixture’, ‘battery back-up …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 8, 2020
Electrical RoomsSprinklers

Q: I am aware that there is an exception for sprinklers not to be required in a dedicated electrical room that is protected with 2-hour construction. My question: Is a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 6, 2020
Fire Watch

Q: Our disaster manual reads "An emergency fire watch will be initiated in the event the facility fire alarm/sprinkler system is out of service for more than four (4) hours …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 3, 2020
Fire AlarmInspection & Maintenance (Fire Detection SysteTesting (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: A local authority stated that when performing the annual fire alarm inspection our service contractor needs to write up areas that have no smoke detection. Smoke detection was not …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2020

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