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Q: We have to replace our fire alarm panel. The change-out will affect the supervisory devices for the sprinkler valve tamper switches and the waterflow switches as well. Unfortunately, we …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 14, 2020
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Q: What would a surveyor would be looking for if they were to show up at our hospital and find that there is construction going on? What steps would the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 10, 2020
Fire Watch

Q: Our disaster manual reads "An emergency fire watch will be initiated in the event the facility fire alarm/sprinkler system is out of service for more than four (4) hours …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 3, 2020
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Q: With regards to a fire watch, the code is specific about requiring one in an occupied building when a fire alarm system or suppression system is out of service …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 2, 2020
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Q: If we put the fire alarm system in test by-pass but we are still monitoring the alarms so we can troubleshoot or test the system so we avoid nuisance …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 15, 2019
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Q: We are seeking to eliminate accidental activation of existing smoke heads in healthcare spaces that are taken over for renovation/construction work while maintaining fire protection coverage in the space …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 13, 2019
Fire Watch

Q: We have a complete gut renovation project that consist of two buildings (Admin. Bldg. & Lab Bldg.). The buildings are connected in all three levels and will be unoccupied …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 7, 2019
Fire WatchArticle

Q: We are looking for guidance now that the language of "If a fire watch is required, fire/smoke detection or alarm system outage" has become a point of conversation with …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 26, 2018
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Q: My question is about removing ceiling tiles in a construction area, and not having adequate fire protection in a 6' to 8' high ceiling plenum. The suggestion had been …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 13, 2018
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Q: We have a construction project in our cafeteria. We have an ILSM and additional measures in place. However, it was determined last week that we need to remove the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 19, 2017
Fire WatchArticle

Q: When the code refers to a fire alarm system or sprinkler system being off-line for four or more hours in a 24 hour period (fire watch and fire department …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 18, 2016
Life Safety CodeFire WatchArticle

Walking surfaces in the means of egress are required to be even. This is one situation in the NFPA codes and standards where they clearly defined what 'even walking' surface …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 18, 2012
Fire WatchArticleConstruction Types

In the last post that I made, I mentioned 'Hot Work' in construction sites in a hospital require special fire barrier protection, which is a 1-hour fire rated barrier from …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 29, 2012
Q&AFire Watch

Q: Do you know of any guidelines for the amount of time you have to conduct a fire watch during an Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM) operation? Does it have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 1, 2011
Q&AFire Watch

Q: What is actually required in order to perform a Fire Watch when the fire alarm system is inoperative? How often should a Fire Watch be performed? A: The Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 1, 2010

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