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Smoke DetectorsCeilings (Facilities Management)Sprinklers

Q: What code or standard are you citing when you say any ceiling that has sprinklers or smoke detectors must be maintained to resist the passage of smoke? Is this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 30, 2020
Business OccupanciesFire AlarmSmoke Detectors

Q: Are smoke detectors required in existing business occupancies that do not have a fire alarm system or automatic sprinkler system if the occupancy load is less than 500 persons? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 6, 2020
Fire Detection SystemsSmoke Detectors

Q: How often do we have to do our smoke detector sensitivity test? Is it every two years or three years? A: According to NFPA 72-2010, section, the test …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 21, 2020
Smoke Detectors

Q: Is there anywhere in the Life Safety Code that says you have to have a smoke detector inside the MRI control room? I was told that another hospital in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 14, 2020
Construction BarrierExit SignsSurvey FindingsFire WatchConstructionSmoke DetectorsILSMSprinklersEgress

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
Smoke DetectorsTesting (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: In regards to the sensitivity testing of smoke detectors, I believe my fire alarm system is capable of complying with NFPA 72 for the sensitivity testing of smoke/heat initiating …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 26, 2020
Ambulatory Care OccupancySmoke Detectors

Q: We are a service contractor that is attempting to obtain a contract with a new client that is an Ambulatory Surgery Center. The ASC told us they never had …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 21, 2020
Electrical RoomsSmoke Detectors

Q: Do you have to have smoke detectors in emergency electrical rooms or electrical rooms? A: In a hospital? Only if you have an FSES equivalency that requires it, or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 10, 2020
Smoke DetectorsPatient Rooms

Q: Are smoke detectors required in individual hospital patient rooms, and what are the exemptions to not have a detector in individual rooms? A: There is no Life Safety Code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 13, 2020
Smoke DetectorsCeilings (Facilities Management)Sprinklers

Q: My facility is installing perforated ceiling tiles because it looks "modern" and does not look like the old healthcare setting. With the perforation in the ceiling tiles, does this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 30, 2019
Fire AlarmSmoke DetectorsOn Call Sleeping Rooms

Q: During a recent survey, we were cited for not having a single-station smoke alarm in our hospital on-call staff sleeping rooms. Since this was cited, I have learned that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 11, 2019
Fire AlarmFire WatchConstructionSmoke Detectors

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 AlarmSmoke DetectorsSprinklers

Q: Are there any exceptions in NFPA 13 for smoke detectors in lieu of sprinklers in areas such as radiology rooms or other high tech equipment rooms and still be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 31, 2019
Fire AlarmSmoke DetectorsILSM

Q: We are seeking to reduce activation of smoke heads contained in our construction areas. In your opinion, if the construction area has existing sprinkler coverage or if new active …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 17, 2019
Business OccupanciesFire AlarmSmoke Detectors

Q: What are the requirements for the use of smoke detectors in a business occupancy physician office that does not have an automatic sprinkler system? The fire marshal is telling …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 3, 2019
Fire AlarmInspection & Maintenance (Fire Detection SysteSmoke DetectorsTesting (Fire Detection Systems)Technician (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: I have a question regarding testing and repair of fire alarm system in a hospital setting. Is a maintenance person who is employed by the hospital as an electrician but …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 26, 2019
Ceilings (Life Safety Code)ArticleSmoke DetectorsCeilings (Facilities Management)Sprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This picture was taken in an electrical room. Where the conduits extend upwards and penetrate the suspended …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 28, 2019
ArticleSmoke Detectors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... According to NFPA 72-2010, Annex A. smoke detectors should not be located in direct airflow, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 7, 2019
Smoke Detectors

Q: Can I provide a smoke detector in an existing hospital patient restroom? The smoke detector was recommended by the hospital safety committee to avoid smoking in these rooms. Our …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 11, 2019
Fire AlarmArticleSmoke Detectors

Q: If a smoke detecting device is disabled for a breathing treatment (often for several days), what sort of fire watch, notification or signage is necessary? A: None. Fire watches …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 14, 2018
ArticleSmoke Detectors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... I guess I like my smoke detectors mounted tight to the ceiling …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 10, 2018
Q&AFire DoorsFire AlarmSmoke Detectors

Q: I have a life safety consultant doing our annual inspection, and he keeps saying that I need to have individual smoke detectors for my corridor fire rated doors. The …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 31, 2017
ArticleSmoke Detectors

Q: Do IT closets require a smoke detector no matter the size? A: If the IT closet is in the healthcare occupancy (hospital), and under normal circumstances, there is no …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 6, 2016
Q&ASmoke Detectors

Q: Are existing healthcare occupancies required to have smoke detectors if they are fully sprinklered? A: Smoke detectors are required in certain areas of healthcare occupancies, but they are not dependent …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 28, 2015

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