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Inspection & Maintenance (Fire Suppression SysFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: Is it required to dropped power to your electric driven fire pump while it is running to ensure it starts back up and continues to run on emergency power? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 7, 2019
Fire Pump

Q: On our fire pump, we monitor the "Fire Pump Run" and "Fire Pump Loss of Power" on our supervisor points, but the fire pump control panel has a point …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 4, 2019
Fire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: How long is a grace period for the annual fire pump test to be past due? A: Well, technically, there is no grace period. Either you are compliant or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 28, 2019
Fire PumpArticleTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: I have always tested my fire pumps on a weekly basis, but now I’ve heard from a consultant there is a new standard that says only a monthly run …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 6, 2018
Q&AFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: Electric fire pumps needed to be run once a week. Then that was changed to once a month. Now the new NFPA 25 has the pump being run once …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 7, 2017
Q&AFire Pump

Q: Do we have to conduct a monthly flow test on fire pumps in healthcare? A: No… NFPA 25-2011, section 8.3.1.2 requires monthly test of the electric-driven fire pump at …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 11, 2017
Q&AFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: I read where the annual fire pump test requires a 30-minute churn test but does not differentiate between a diesel or electric pump (as in the weekly test). NFPA …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 3, 2017
Automatic Transfer SwitchesQ&AFire Pump

Q: A state surveyor cited us for not doing a monthly fire pump automatic transfer switch (ATS) test. We are doing a weekly churn test and an annual fire pump …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 27, 2016
Q&AFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: The Joint Commission standard for weekly testing of the fire pump only requires us to record the test date of the inspection. We were cited for not recording the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 18, 2016
Fire PumpArticle

Q: Recently, I was at a counter-part’s facility in our corporate system and wanted to review the Life Safety Code documentation to ensure everything was in order. Within a matter …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 4, 2016
Life Safety CodeFire PumpArticle

A friend of mine contacted me recently and told me that his fire pump caught on fire. It was an engine driven (diesel) fire pump, and I'll let him describe …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 6, 2014
Q&AFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: My sprinkler testing contractor is questioning the requirement that fire pumps are to be flow-tested annually at 150% load on emergency power. It's the emergency power requirement in question …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 18, 2013
Q&AFire AlarmFire Pump

Q: Are “fire pump running” and “fire pump power loss” switches which are connected to the hospital fire alarm system considered to be supervisory signal devices? I say they aren’t …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 18, 2013
Q&AFire Pump

Q: We recently replaced our old fire pump with a brand new unit that is up to date with the current requirements of NFPA 20 Standard for the Installation of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 4, 2012
Q&AFire Pump

Q: What is the requirement for water flow testing fire pumps under emergency power? I have heard some hospitals are being cited for not doing this, but a surveyor once …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 1, 2011

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