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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
Electrical RoomsSprinklers

Q: I am aware that there is an exception for sprinklers not to be required in a dedicated electrical room that is protected with 2-hour construction. My question: Is a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 6, 2020
Electrical RoomsSmoke Detectors

Q: Do you have to have smoke detectors in emergency electrical rooms or electrical rooms? A: In a hospital? Only if you have an FSES equivalency that requires it, or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 10, 2020
Electrical RoomsElectrical Equipment

Q: Is it required to keep electrical panels locked even if they are behind doors that are restricted by card-access readers? Does it depend on which AHJ is inspecting it? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 7, 2019
Electrical RoomsAccreditation

Q: Please clarify if electrical closets and /or electrical rooms can be accessible to anyone. The NFPA70 National Electrical Code seems to require warning signs limiting access to authorized personnel …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 4, 2019
Q&AElectrical RoomsStorage (Electrical)

Q: Can cardboard boxes be stored in an electrical room that is over 50 square feet, fully sprinklered, and has only dry transformers under 112 1/2 kVA? A: Yes, only …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 1, 2014
Q&AElectrical Rooms

Q: Are there any requirements to firestop penetrations in Information Technology (IT) closets and electrical rooms in business occupancies? A: Only if the barriers surrounding the IT closets are designated …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 2, 2014
Mechanical RoomsQ&AElectrical RoomsGeneratorsFire Barrier

Q: What is the fire rating supposed to be in the walls of the hospital equipment rooms, such as the generator room, boiler room, chiller rooms, and electrical rooms? We …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 5, 2014
Q&AElectrical Rooms

Q: In a recent posting a question was raised about storage in a mechanical room. What about storage in an electrical room? Is it permitted? A: In some cases storage …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 6, 2012
Q&AElectrical Rooms

Q: I had a state inspector tell me that communication wires and cable in our hospital are not permitted to be tied to conduit containing electrical wires. Is this true? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 28, 2012
Q&AElectrical RoomsSprinklers

Q: I was recently informed by an architect that an electrical equipment room does not need to be sprinkled if it has a two-hour fire resistant separation. Have you heard …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2011
Q&AElectrical RoomsWalls

Q: Are electrical equipment rooms required to be fire rated? We have a dry-type transformer in an utility room on one of our nursing units and wanted to know if …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2010
Q&AElectrical RoomsSprinklers

Q: Do all electrical rooms have to have automatic sprinklers installed in them? Our electrician tells us there are exceptions to installing sprinklers in an electrical room even when the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2010

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