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Storage (Life Safety Code)Stairwells

Q: My question relates to storage in stairwells. Emergency Management is requesting patient transfer devices, (Sleds and Stair Chairs) to be stored in the stairwell. This would locate the device …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 15, 2020
Door LocksStairwellsDoors

Q: I'm a Facilities Director overseeing an existing 8-story (basement included) acute care hospital fully sprinklered. We wish to mechanically lock (no auto unlock feature) floors 2-7 (Floor one being …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 25, 2019
Emergency PhonesStairwells

Q: I have been reading about stairwells and what the code addresses. I am interpreting that the AHJ's are stringent of what can be placed in a stairwell. Is it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2019
StairwellsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)Egress

Q: Can signage, other than that specifically required for inside a fire exit stairwell according to the LSC, be placed inside a fire exit stairwell? A: Technically… no. According to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2019
StairwellsStairsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)

Q: With the new 2012 Life Safety Code adoption, my question is around the stairwell signage and 7.2.2.5.4.1. Hospitals are confused whether they have to replace all their signs to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 13, 2019
ArticleStairwells

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... I believe those electrical panels installed in this stairwell were for new access-control lock badge …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 20, 2018
Door LocksArticleStairwells

Q: Can a stairwell door that leads to the outside of a hospital be locked with a lock that requires a code to unlock it? I seem to recall that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 11, 2018
ArticleStairwellsSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... This is an evacuation chair or sled that is hanging from a sprinkler drain pipe …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 1, 2018
Q&AStairwellsCarpeting

Q: I have several hospitals that have been cited by surveyors for having carpet in the stairwells. Can you tell me if there is any code requirement that states that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 30, 2017
Q&AStairwells

Q: Can I install security cameras in stairwells A: You can…. But be prepared to remove them. Many Accreditation Organizations (AOs) and most states who survey on behalf of CMS …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 27, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksStairwells

Q: We have a potential elopement risk at the nursing home where I work. A patient gets into the stairwell and down to the first floor and exits the building …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 16, 2017
Q&AStairwells

Q: We are being told by our local AHJ that a stairwell in a 2 story building has to be 2-hour fire resistance rated so that it meets the requirements …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 1, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&AStairwells

Q: With the elimination of the CMS Waivers, I was trying to clarify what now applies for mechanical room combustibles storage (i.e. mechanical areas with only stairway and elevator access …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 31, 2017
Q&ASecurityCamerasStairwells

Q: What is the Life Safety Code ruling on cameras and speakers in stairwells? Joint Commission was in and cited us on having cameras in the stairwells. We were told …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 18, 2017
Q&AEvacuation (Life Safety Code)Stairwells

Q: I just got cited by the Joint Commission for having evacuation chairs at tops of our stairwells. The chairs were not causing any egress issues in my opinion, but …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 12, 2017
Q&AStairwells

Q: We are being told that section 7.2.2.5.4.3 of the 2012 Life Safety Code requires us to install paint on the nose tread on stairs in existing egress stairways as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 8, 2017
Q&AStairwells

Q: I have a question about putting pictures up in stairwells. Someone in our administration department at our hospital wants to put pictures up in a stairwell. We have already …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 9, 2017
Q&AEvacuation (Life Safety Code)Stairwells

Q: I understand it would be best to not place something affixed to the walls of the exit stairwell that protrudes in to the path of egress, which in turn, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 17, 2017
Q&AStairwells

Q: Can a chair lift device be installed in an exit stairwell? What are the regulations? A: The Life Safety Code and the local building codes set minimum widths of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2017
ArticleStairwells

I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the strange things I have observed as a consultant for healthcare organizations. This is a picture of a cage that a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 20, 2016
Q&AStairwellsSigns (Life Safety Code)

Q: I am looking for a code reference which specifies the installation height for stairwell signage. It appears that NFPA 101 indicates 5 feet above the stairwell landing but does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 31, 2015
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AStairwells

Q: Is there any specific regulation that addresses storing items under stairwells and if so does it differentiate between public stairs and stairs which are utilized to access areas not …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 23, 2015
Life Safety CodeArticleStairwellsSigns (Life Safety Code)

If you were a bit surprised by the wording of the sign to the left... You're not alone. I had to do a double-take when I first saw it, as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 19, 2015
Evacuation (Life Safety Code)ArticleStairwells

We should all know that storage of items in an exit enclosure, such as a stairwell, is not permitted by the Life Safety Code. Right? Well... there are exceptions that would …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 25, 2014
ArticleStairwells

Stairwell interruption gates are those bars or half-size gates that are mounted inside the stairwells on the level of exit discharge. they swing freely allowing exiting in the direction of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 8, 2014
Q&ADoor LocksStairwells

Q: During a recent survey, the surveyor said a card reader on the stairwell door cannot be located on an adjacent wall or door frame, but it must be an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 14, 2014
Q&AArticleStairwells

Q: Can evacuation chairs be installed in stairwells? A: The answer is… maybe yes and maybe no. Sorry, that’s not a direct answer, so please allow me to explain. Section …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 17, 2014
ArticleStairwellsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)

A question came up recently as to the proper mounting of the stairwell identification signs that are required in stairwells of a certain height. The  wall-mounted stair identification signs are supposed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 6, 2012
Q&AStairwells

Q: In regards to stairwell signage, when you have restrictive access back into the building from a stairwell in accordance with section 7.2.1.5.2 of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2012
Q&AExitsConstructionStairwells

Q: We have a stairwell in our hospital that extends from the 8th floor to the 1st floor, where there is a door that discharges the occupants to the outdoors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2011
Q&AStairwells

Q: I read an article were an interruption gate is required in a stairwell to prevent people from traveling past the floor where they should exit. Is this a requirement …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2010
Q&AStairwells

Q: In my hospital, I have an exit stairwell that does not discharge to the outside of the building, but rather it terminates in a corridor inside the building. Is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2010
Q&AStairwells

Q: Is it permitted to have a time clock in an exit stairwell of a hospital? My VP of Operations wants to install time recording stations in stairwells where employees …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 1, 2009

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