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Testing (Generators)

Q: Is there a standard that says we need to write the start and stop time on our monthly generator load test for 30 minutes? A: In so many words …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 30, 2020

Q: It is my understanding that all sprinkler heads in the same compartment must be of the same rating. Is NFPA referring to temperature rating or response time? A: According …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 27, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)

Q: I have a question regarding medical gas cylinder storage. We have a gas manifold room in a business occupancy that meets the room requirements for quantities that exceed 3,000 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 25, 2020
Door LocksStairwellsStairs

Q: Section of the 2012 Life Safety Code (LSC), says there shall be no enclosed, usable space within an exit enclosure, including under the stairs, nor shall any open …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 23, 2020
Storage (Medical Gas)Oxygen CylindersGas Cylinders

Q: For oxygen cylinders (full and empty), are there any regulations in storing them in clean utility room or med rooms? A: Yes. According to NFPA 99-2012, section 11.3.2, you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 20, 2020

Q: We have an existing healthcare occupancy hospital that is fully sprinklered. My questions are: 1) Are the corridor walls required to be smoke tight? 2) Are the corridor doors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 18, 2020
Testing (Generators)Generators

Q: Who can do the annual and monthly checks on a generator in an Ambulatory Surgery Center? A: Well, those are not checks, but actual load tests. According to NFPA …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 16, 2020
Business OccupanciesJoint CommissionLife Safety CodeAccreditation/CertificationCMS

Q: If I have a new freestanding business occupancy that is licensed, would CMS enforce the provisions of the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)? I wasn't able …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 13, 2020

Q: In looking over NFPA 110, edition 2010, it does not make any distinction to the emergency generator prime mover being anything but diesel powered. Because of the equipment section …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 11, 2020
GFCI Receptacles

Q: We were just surveyed (healthcare occupancy) and were cited for not having ground fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) outlets installed within 6-inches of a sink location. At the time of construction …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 9, 2020
Business OccupanciesFire AlarmSmoke Detectors

Q: Are smoke detectors required in existing business occupancies that do not have a fire alarm system or automatic sprinkler system if the occupancy load is less than 500 persons? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 6, 2020
CHC Certification

Q: We have a project scheduled for next year to build a significant addition onto our facility that will double our square footage. During the planning-stage, it was raised by …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 5, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: Presently there is an interpretation at our facilities that "E" cylinders of oxygen that are "In Use" or "Not Empty" is an allowable title for storing oxygen tanks versus …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 4, 2020
Smoke BarrierCorridors

Q: We are a physician’s clinic building and we have a section of wall in a corridor above a door where the drywall on both sides of the smoke barrier …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 2, 2020

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