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      Fire Drills

      Q: Can an actual fire alarm count as a fire drill? If I have the fire alarm go off for some reason, I would then want to make it count for a drill since…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 30, 2021
      Hazardous Areas New Construction

      Q: One of the units in my hospital is about to go under expansion construction and they are looking to move combustible supplies from a storage room to a…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 28, 2021
      Oxygen Cylinders

      Q: We have a dental clinic that has an E-size O2 tank in a wheeled cart. According to NFPA 99, this is not considered "In Storage." Are there any…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 27, 2021
      Alcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

      Q: My question pertains to alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) product in disposable or refillable pump bottles. These bottles are mobile and come in several…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 26, 2021
      Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

      Q: Are battery-operated task lighting required to be at Transfer Switch locations? We are getting some feedback that they are being required by NFPA…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 23, 2021
      Testing (Fire Suppression Systems) Testing (Fire Detection Systems) Testing (Life Safety Code)

      Q: I am in a medical arts building. All that I have in this building is a hospital-based lab satellite station, and a physical therapy (PT) area;…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 19, 2021
      Fire Extinguishers Signage (Life Safety Code)

      Q: Can you tell me when a sign saying "Fire Extinguisher Inside" is required? I cannot seem to find the guidelines for installing this sign. For instance,…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 16, 2021

      Q: I have a 2-story building that has not previously been used for healthcare. It is not sprinkled. The lower level will be changed to a healthcare…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 14, 2021
      Testing (Generators) Generators

      Q: My question is related to emergency generator testing. On my last building (and my current one) the emergency generator was really small for the…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 12, 2021
      Flammable Liquids Alcohol

      Q: Our facility stocks 70% Isopropyl Alcohol in 16-oz. containers. We generally keep in stock 12 or less bottles. Are there any certain storage…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 9, 2021
      Doors Door Locks

      Q: Can we use deadbolt locks on a closet door located within an office? Would they need to be a latch style versus a bolt-style?

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 7, 2021
      Smoke Detectors

      Q: Our Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) compliance officer asked me to check into the recommended life-span of smoke detectors. His understanding is…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 5, 2021
      Fire Doors

      Q: Is it permissible to place window film over rated glass assemblies on fire-rated doors, so you cannot look through them? If so, does the film also…

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 2, 2021
      Vacuum Pump

      On Tuesday, March 30, we posted this picture of a vacuum pump in a hospital and asked you to speculate on what happened and what caused this situation.

      Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2021