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Fire Alarm

Q: A recent post makes me ask, “What is meant by ‘transmission of a fire alarm signal’ under section of the 2012 Life Safety Code?” A: Section of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 26, 2021
Fire Pump

Q: We recently had a consultant come in and go over our documentation in preparation for a survey. He said we are supposed to conduct weekly inspections of our fire …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 25, 2021
Fire Alarm

Q: If I have fire alarm system pull stations at all the doors entering a stairwell, do I need a pull station inside the stairwell at the door which exits …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 24, 2021
Fire Drills

Q: Any thoughts as to when hospitals will resume performing traditional fire drills? A: According to a CMS communication issued May 8, 2020, they stated: COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 23, 2021

Q: Due to a state energy code, there is an entry air lock/vestibule at our hospital’s main entrance. Is the existing travel distance measured to the first inside set of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 22, 2021
Medical Gas

Q: We have oxygen and vacuum shutoff valves on many of our patient floors. On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors (and maybe the 5th floor), the valves serving medical …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 19, 2021

Q: Is a generator required in a dental clinic that does deep sedation? A: That depends on whether or not the dental clinic is classified as a business occupancy or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 17, 2021
Fire Drills

Q: Can I count a real fire response in a patient room as a fire drill? The fire alarm system was activated at the pull station, and the fire department …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 15, 2021

Q: What month or year did the load-bank generator testing change from 25% within 30-60 minutes to newer standard 30% at the 30-minute mark? One source stated load-bank test only …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 12, 2021
Delayed Egress

Q: I recently was cited by our accreditation organization for having incorrect letter size on delayed egress signs. My existing sign has lettering that is 5/8-inch tall. It is my …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 10, 2021
Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)Operating Room

Q: We have a facility that does not have battery operated lights within its OR rooms. Our building was designed in compliance with the 2000 Edition of the Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 8, 2021
Bed Maintenance

Q: We order all of our bed linen from a medical supply company for our patient beds. We have recently started performing sleep studies and have two (2) full beds …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 5, 2021

Q: Our auxiliary ladies' gift shop has an accordion-style door on one side that opens into the corridor. This door is made out of wood. The gift shop is smaller …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 3, 2021
Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

Q: Are self-testing emergency egress lighting allowable? If so, how do you satisfy the documentation required of both the monthly and annual testing? A: Yes, they are permitted. Section 7931 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 2, 2021

Q: Our hospital has a nurse station enclosed between two corridors. There is a door that opens into the corridor on each side. I have read Chapter 19 Corridor Separation …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2021

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