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Smoke BarrierCorridors

Q: We are a physician’s clinic building and we have a section of wall in a corridor above a door where the drywall on both sides of the smoke barrier …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 2, 2020
Smoke BarrierAmbulatory Care OccupancyBusiness OccupanciesSmoke Compartment

Q: In a single-story facility that has both Ambulatory Healthcare and Business occupancies, is there a requirement for a smoke barrier in this same separation? I am aware of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 28, 2020
Smoke Barrier

Q: Our Emergency Operations team does regulatory rounding every 2 weeks in a different unit or clinic. Our department is responsible for Life Safety. Recently, we did some rounding in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 24, 2020
Smoke BarrierSmoke Compartment

Q: In an EXISTING hospital, when the corridor walls are ALSO a smoke compartment barrier, can the penetrations above the ceiling be sealed with a non-rated sealant or are they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 30, 2019
Smoke BarrierFire DoorsAccreditationCMS

Q: The Joint Commission standard for annual door testing states "The hospital has written documentation of annual inspection and testing of door assemblies by individuals who can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 14, 2019
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
Smoke BarrierQ&ADoors

Q: Are smoke barrier doors and frames required to have a fire rating label? A: No. This seems to be a difficult issue for many people (including surveyors) to grasp …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 25, 2017
Smoke BarrierQ&ATesting (Life Safety Code)Doors

Q: Do doors in smoke barriers in healthcare occupancies have to be tested and inspected? Section of the 2012 Life Safety Code says smoke door assemblies have to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 23, 2017

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