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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
Exit SignsExitsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)Egress

Q: Are there any life safety requirements concerning courtyards? We have an outdoor courtyard, surrounded on all sides by our building, with one door entering and exiting the area. As …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 25, 2019

Q: I could not find in the 2012 Life Safety Code if there is a specific width requirement for a sidewalk as an exit discharge. A: You are describing the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 31, 2018

Q: We have a hospital with a number of exit enclosures. These passageways have a large number of unrelated utilities running above the ceiling. Modification will not only be very …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 5, 2018
Business OccupanciesExitsArticleHealthcare Occupancy

Q: A main circulation corridor in a Hospital (Institutional Use I-2, 8' wide) passes thru the 2-Hr Use Group separation of adjacent medical offices (Business Use B) and re-enters the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 16, 2018
ExitsArticleOperating Room

Q: Are operating rooms required to have two (2) exit doors? I have not seen this room but am under the assumption it is between 400 and 500 square feet …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 19, 2018

Q: We have converted our old hospital building into a combination of outpatient facilities and office (business) uses. There are three exits that have no fire listings on the door …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 14, 2018
Door LocksExitsArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Isn't this a winner...? I should submit this picture to Lori Greene so she can …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 22, 2018

Q: I have an existing 3 story building in an urban environment with an exterior stair which discharges into an enclosed rear yard. The access to a public way is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 20, 2017

Q: If I want to classify my building as a healthcare occupancy, even though I have a business or ambulatory healthcare occupancy in it, I know I need to meet …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 30, 2017
Door LocksExitsArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals.... This series of pictures is just plain sad... and wrong. The top picture shows a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 24, 2016

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals.... I don't remember where in the hospital I took this picture but it is apparent …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 17, 2016
ExitsEmergency Lights (Life Safety Code)Article

I was talking to a hospital facility manager recently and he was miffed that a surveyor cited him for not having emergency power lighting on the exit discharge outside the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 11, 2014
Life Safety CodeExits

The current edition of the Life Safety Code (2000 edition) does not allow an unoccupied room (such as a mechanical room, janitor's closet, storage room) to have an opening (doorway) …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 20, 2012

Q: We have a stairwell in our hospital that extends from the 8th floor to the 1st floor, where there is a door that discharges the occupants to the outdoors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2011

Q: Are hard-surface sidewalks, such as concrete, required between the exit door and the public way in order to qualify as an exit discharge? I was told that we need …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2010

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