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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 Compartment

Q: Section 19.3.7 of the 2012 LSC discusses smoke compartments in facilities that have greater than 30 sleeping beds per floor or building. If your facility is under 30 beds, but …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 7, 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
Fire DoorsArticleSmoke Compartment

Q: We are reviewing fire policy, and are wondering if it is a Life Safety Code requirement to have fire and smoke barrier doors labeled as such? By this I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 12, 2018
ArticleSmoke CompartmentCMS

The following article was published in HCPro's Hospital Safety Insider, on August 3, 2017: More than three weeks after a well-publicized compliance deadline passed, CMS announced Friday that the deadline …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 5, 2017
Fire DoorsLife Safety CodeArticleSmoke CompartmentCMS

I just found out yesterday that CMS is teaching their state agency LS surveyors that smoke barrier doors need to be tested in healthcare occupancies. This interpretation of the 2012 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 9, 2016
ArticleSmoke CompartmentDoors

Dear Readers... In a recent post I made a comment that architects are making errors and causing facility managers headaches by calling for 20 minute fire-rated doors in smoke barriers …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 4, 2016
Q&AHVACSmoke Compartment

Q: I have never been able to understand what a fully ducted heating system is and when a damper is not required. Can you explain this matter to me? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 23, 2015
Fire DoorsArticleSmoke CompartmentFire Drills

I was recently asked if the Life Safety Code addresses the use of smoke and fire doors during a fire drill. Here is what I responded with: The Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 13, 2014
ArticleCorridorsSmoke CompartmentDoors

I want to clarify a confusing point in the seven-year old CMS S&C memo 07-18 issued April 20, 2007. This is a memo which CMS wanted to explain that corridor …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 31, 2014
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancySmoke Compartment

Q: We are a freestanding ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and we only perform gastrointestinal (GI) procedures, not surgery. We lease a suite on the ground level in a 3 story …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 7, 2014
Q&ASmoke Compartment

Q: Are smoke compartment barriers considered to be fire rated barriers? The architect that we have doing our drawings wants to call the smoke compartment barrier walls “1-hour smoke/fire barrier”, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 14, 2013
Q&ASmoke Compartment

Q: In 1970, our smoke compartment barriers were originally constructed to 1-hour fire ratings, but I see that the Life Safety Code allows existing smoke compartment barriers to be only …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 1, 2011

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