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Q: Are door hold-open devices that do not release in a fire alarm activation allowed in any area of the hospital? A: Yes, but only on non-rated corridor doors. Section …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 29, 2021
Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

Q: Do emergency egress lights with battery backup that are connected to emergency power need to be tested annually for 90 minutes? Are there any alternatives? A: Well, yes and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 27, 2021
Signs (Medical Gas)

Q: Can you tell me what the verbiage should be on a sign attached to a door to a room that holds oxygen and medical air? One consultant told us …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 25, 2021
Fire Extinguishers

Q: Does the person doing the annual inspection on portable fire extinguishers need to be certified? We do not maintain them, per se. For example, if they need any maintenance, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 22, 2021

Q: We are a nursing home and our local health department is advising us to install plastic barriers with zippers in corridors to provide an area of isolation for COVID-19 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 21, 2021
Fire BarrierFire Rated Walls

Q: In regard to our 2-hour fire-rated walls, they are required to go all the way to roof line on both sides, correct? What about 1-hour fire-rated walls and smoke …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 20, 2021
CMSDocumentation (Life Safety Code)

Q: We have a brand new free-standing patient tower addition to our hospital coming online and scheduled to open in 12 months. The contractors will be performing PM's on the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 18, 2021
GeneratorsSignage (Life Safety Code)

Q: Does a diesel-fueled generator belly tank require an NFPA 704 safety signage when located outdoors? A: Yes. While I do not find any reference to NFPA 704 signage in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 15, 2021
Eyewash Stations

Q: Does an eyewash station need to be within OSHA time/distance travels for an outdoor generator having batteries that are not a sealed “maintenance-free” style? A: That is to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 13, 2021

Q: Does an outdoor diesel-fueled generator need a light fixture? If so, does a flashlight or wired fixture meet that standard? A: Yes. Section 7.3.2 of NFPA 110-2010 does discuss …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 11, 2021
GFCI ReceptaclesElectrical Receptacle

Q: Do electrical receptacles serving a water cooler need to be a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) type? In addition to that, the surveyors also cited us for not having …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 8, 2021
Automatic Transfer Switches

Q: We got dinged on not doing a weekly inspection of emergency transfer switches. What exactly does one do to inspect an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS)? A: According to NFPA …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 6, 2021
Oxygen CylindersSigns (Medical Gas)

Q: We are an intermediate care facility with medical treatment rooms with oxygen cylinders. Are we required to have the Caution oxidizing gases sign on the doors where we have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 4, 2021

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