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Fire DoorsFire BarrierDoors

Q: Is there a standard ratio from the firewall to the fire door (Ex. 2-hour firewall should have a XX min fire door)? A: Well, yes and no. Table 8342 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 13, 2020
Fire BarrierOccupancies

Q: I have a client that is building a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The women's component will be licensed to one organization, and the children's component will be licensed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 19, 2019
Storage (Life Safety Code)SeparationFire BarrierParking GarageOccupancies

Q: We have a three-story parking structure attached to a hospital. The top floor of the parking structure is not covered and is open to the atmosphere. Is the exterior …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 5, 2019
ConstructionFire BarrierWalls

Q: I have a surgery suite that had a hole punched into the wall by the door knob. Is there anything in LSC that states " if a hole is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 4, 2019
Fire CaulkFire Barrier

Q: What are the code requirements for penetrations in plumbing chases? During the water fountain project we found openings in the floor in the back of the plumbing chases from …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 27, 2019
Fire DoorsFire BarrierDoors

Q: If the health care facility is fully sprinklered do doors in a corridor, where the walls are fire rated, do the doors have to be fire rated? I read …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2019
Exit EnclosureArticleFire Barrier

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This is not corridor, but rather an exit enclosure to a stairwell. There was a construction …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 10, 2019
ArticleFire Barrier

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Apparently, sidewall sprinkler heads can also be used to hang pictures.... NOT. [That was sarcasm] …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 3, 2019
Fire CaulkArticleFire Barrier

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Holes in rated walls that are too large to be sealed with fire-rated materials, cannot …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 27, 2018
Smoke BarrierQ&AFire Barrier

Q: Are doors in fire rated barriers also required to be listed and installed as a smoke barrier? A: No… Fire rated barriers are not necessarily smoke barriers. They are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 3, 2017
Q&APatchingPenetrationFire BarrierWalls

Q: In regards to penetrations through fire separations: Our latest survey from Joint Commission identified that "Hot Patches" (a piece of 5/8 sheet rock placed over a hole and the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 30, 2017
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyFire Barrier

Q: Our ambulatory healthcare occupancy was constructed without a fire barrier separating the other business in the building. Now I have been asked to find out if we have to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 6, 2016
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyFire Barrier

Q: We have built a new Wellness Center with physician offices, diagnostic areas, cafe, etc. and included in the facility is an Ambulatory Endoscopy Center. A question has been raised …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 30, 2016
ArticleFire Barrier

Q: We have an old shower room that our administration wants to use for a maintenance workshop. In this room they will be storing paint and supplies. The walls and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 18, 2016
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&AFire BarrierDoorsILSM

Q: If renovation requires replacement of fire doors in multiple areas of the hospital, and must be completed in a short period of time, what would be appropriate interim life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 28, 2014
Q&AGeneratorsFire Barrier

Q: Do emergency power generators have to be located in a room by themselves? We have a generator that is located in a mechanical room which is shared with an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 27, 2014
Q&AFire BarrierDoors

Q: We are in the process of installing a door in a 2 hour fire barrier with an automatic door operator and positive latching. The door operator will be activated …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 23, 2013
Q&AFire BarrierDoors

Q: Do existing fire rated doors (in a 2-hour fire rated barrier) have to have a vision panel (window) in the door? A: No, I do not believe that they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 19, 2013
Q&AFire BarrierWalls

Q: Are fire rated walls the same thing as fire rated barrier? And are smoke compartment barriers actually fire rated walls? A: As it has been explained to me, a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 20, 2013
Q&AConstructionFire BarrierWalls

Q: I read with interest the article Understanding the Importance of Construction Types in the February, 2011 issue of HLSC. The article said a 2-hour fire resistance horizontal barrier is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 1, 2011

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