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Fire DoorsDoors

Q: One of our exit stairwells at our hospital has a door the leads outside at ground level. The exterior door is not fire rated. Does it need to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 30, 2020
Smoke BarrierAmbulatory Care OccupancyBusiness OccupanciesSmoke Compartment

Q: In a single-story facility that has both Ambulatory Healthcare and Business occupancies, is there a requirement for a smoke barrier in this same separation? I am aware of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 28, 2020

Q: So, I have an odd question for you regarding lighting within an air handling unit that is not sprinkled within a building that is sprinkled. Recently our HVAC department …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 25, 2020
Fire Doors

Q: I see several fixes for doors with excessive undercut. My problem is I have a building that is ten years old that has excessive clearance over 1/8-inch at the …

Lori Greene, DAHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, FDHI | Sep 23, 2020
Signs (Facilities Management)StairwellsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)

Q: I recently heard that we have to have two re-entry points in stairwells that are four stories or more, and all doors have to be labeled either "NO RE-ENTRY" …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 21, 2020

Q: In my hospital, they have installed electronic hardware on stairwell doors that allows the door to latch on activation of the fire alarm only. The reason was patient complaints …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 18, 2020
Hazardous AreasKitchen

Q: Is an existing or new kitchen that has cooking equipment such as stove, oven, steamer, etc. consider a hazardous area in a hospital? A: No, not necessarily. According to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 16, 2020
Smoke Detectors

Q: Is there anywhere in the Life Safety Code that says you have to have a smoke detector inside the MRI control room? I was told that another hospital in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 14, 2020
Testing (Facilities Management)Fire/Smoke Dampers

Q: Does CMS and the accreditation organizations require fire/smoke damper testing every four years in a hospital with mixed occupancy? If my hospital penthouse is business and the rest of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 11, 2020
Fire Extinguishers

Q: I work for a counseling agency, and in order to get a new license, I was required to get a life safety inspection. We have been licensed and providing …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 9, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: How many E-cylinders are permitted per smoke compartment and do "partials" count as part of the quantity? A: Basically, you can have an unlimited number of ‘E’ cylinders per …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 4, 2020
Medical GasGas Cylinders

Q: One of our Surgery centers recently had a DOH life safety inspection and they were told they need to individually chain each Medgas compressed gas cylinder. If I remember correctly …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 2, 2020

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