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Q: Is it a violation to have security cameras in stairwells? I have heard of possible citations at other facilities due to the video cable creating a penetration. Please help …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 30, 2020
Life Safety Code

Q: We ask staff this question when we do Environmental Rounding: "Can you identify the closest area of refuge?" The answer we have used is "shelter-in-place," but I believe this may …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 28, 2020
Inspection & Maintenance (Fire Suppression SysFire Pump

Q: My question is related to NFPA 25 and the frequency for annual testing. Our state authority will issue a citation if the pump is not tested within 365 days …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 26, 2020
Electrical RoomsElectrical

Q: My question is about an electrical panel. Is an electrical panel, which is located in a special care unit of a skilled nursing home facility, required to be locked …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 23, 2020
Fire Detection SystemsSmoke Detectors

Q: How often do we have to do our smoke detector sensitivity test? Is it every two years or three years? A: According to NFPA 72-2010, section, the test …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 21, 2020

Q: Does the inactive door on a set of double doors protecting a hazardous area require a door closer? Can the latching mechanism on the inactive door be an automatic …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 19, 2020

Q: My question involves the electric wax warmers that provides a pleasant fragrance, which are called ‘scentsy pots’. Are scentsy pots aloud in healthcare facilities and if they are not, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 16, 2020
Fire Watch

Q: We have to replace our fire alarm panel. The change-out will affect the supervisory devices for the sprinkler valve tamper switches and the waterflow switches as well. Unfortunately, we …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 14, 2020
Ceilings (Facilities Management)

Q: I have several ceiling tiles (approximately 52) that are scratched or damaged that has sprinkler heads in them. Is there a code that references or mandates the replacement of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 12, 2020
Cooking Appliances

Q: I have a question on microwave use and signage. Are "Caution: Microwave in Use" signs required at all entrance locations where microwaves are being used (i.e. staff lounge, nourishment …

Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CJCP, CHSP, CHFM, HEM, MEP | Oct 9, 2020
CorridorsOperating Room

Q: What is the rule on parking beds (gurneys) outside ORs in corridors? A: In a hospital, the required width of the corridor must be 8 feet where an inpatient …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 7, 2020
Life Safety CodeAccreditation

Q: Do you have any suggestions for satisfying the accreditation documentation requirements to prove we conducted a building assessment for compliance with the Life Safety Code? I had thought about …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 5, 2020
HVACFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: We are installing a new HVAC system in the basement of the hospital. Now a building inspector is telling us we need to install fire-dampers in the ductwork that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 2, 2020

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