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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
Storage (Life Safety Code)Patient RoomsStorage Room

Q: Nursing staff has a tendency to stuff patient rooms that are not used as often with extra beds, furniture etc. Building does not have sprinklers on these patient floors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 12, 2020
Storage (Life Safety Code)SeparationFire BarrierParking GarageOccupancies

Q: We have a three-story parking structure attached to a hospital. The top floor of the parking structure is not covered and is open to the atmosphere. Is the exterior …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 5, 2019
Storage (Life Safety Code)Clean LinenCorridors

Q: If I had a hallway (breezeway which connects two healthcare occupancies) which is greater than 8 feet wide (approximately 12ft) and carts of clean linen are being stored on …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 8, 2019
Mechanical RoomsStorage (Life Safety Code)Q&AAmbulatory Care Occupancy

Q: I'm trying to find out particular rules regarding storage and what is allowed to be done in a penthouse. We have a new-construction Ambulatory Care occupancy. The question is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 22, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: Our hospital bulk stores alcohol based hand-rub (ABHR) sanitizer containers of 1000 ML (33.8 fl. oz.) per container & 750 ML (25 fl. oz.) per container in its housekeeping …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 4, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AUnder SInk

Q: Is there a Life Safety Code requirement for cabinet doors to be locked underneath sinks in patient rooms, in a hospital? A: No… There is no Life Safety Code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 10, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ASprinklers

Q: We have a surveyor that says if we have portable storage racks against the perimeter walls and have items stored closer than 18 inches of the ceiling but the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 16, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ACorridors

Q: If I had a hallway (breezeway which connects two healthcare occupancies) which is greater than 8 feet wide (approximately 12ft) and beds and other equipment (usually broken chairs) are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 13, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: What is the storage height requirement in buildings that are not sprinkled? In other words, how high can we stack items on shelves in storage areas in a non-sprinkled …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 25, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: I am struggling with the Life Safety Code and need some clarification. I have an offsite clinic that is classified as a business occupancy with a basement measuring approximately …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 21, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AClean Supply Room

Q: In an OB (obstetrics) supply room, can beverages such as apple juice, water or an ice machine be stored in the room with central supply items? A: The Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 31, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: I am looking for clarification on the storage of alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) solution. I know the standard indicates that no more than 10 gallons of ABHR can …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 10, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: I have a procedure room in our Cath Lab that Administration wants to convert to a storage room. The building is fully sprinkled and as I look at NFPA …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 28, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AConstruction

Q: A question that keeps coming my way pertains to out-buildings like sheds that LTC providers want to place next to their nursing homes to use for storage. Is there any …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 16, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AUnder SInk

Q: What standard in the Life Safety Code prohibits storage under sinks? A: There is no direct standard in the Life Safety Code or any of the standards the LSC …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 25, 2017
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
Mechanical RoomsStorage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: I was always under the impression that no storage was allowed in mechanical rooms within hospitals. Now I work at a hospital that allows ladders and supplies to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 15, 2014
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AFlammable Liquids

Q: Are there any special storage requirements for flammable liquids and flammable aerosol cans in the work area? A: Yes, flammable liquids in all forms and capacities must be stored …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 26, 2014
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AConstruction

Q: We are renovating one of our patient sleeping suites in an existing area. Would it be permissible to stage construction materials (some of which will be combustible) in one …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 25, 2013
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AHazardous AreasPatient RoomsILSM

Q: We have a short-term project where we need to find some space to store equipment until they are installed. The equipment is electronic and needs to remain in their …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 4, 2013
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AAmbulatory Care Occupancy

Q: We have an ambulatory healthcare occupancy which has clean supply and soiled linen rooms. Since these rooms are considered storage with combustibles, the Life Safety Code (LSC) views them …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 28, 2013
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: We have a new facility which has recently opened, and it is a physician’s office/business occupancy. There is a medical record storage room which contains combustible files which we …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 8, 2012
SuitesStorage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: Can we install shelving along the walls within a patient sleeping suite? This shelving would not be limited to a supply room, but would be permanently affixed to the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 17, 2012
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: Our medical supply room contains combustibles, and is larger than 100 square feet. It does not have a door and the room opens onto the corridor, behind our nurse …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 29, 2012
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: We are looking at purchasing a medical practice with a business occupancy rated office, which is not sprinkled. They are using a room on the second floor as a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 1, 2011
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: During a recent mock survey it was mentioned that cardboard boxes are not allowed in clean storage rooms because they are combustible. Many of the supplies that we have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2011
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: Are you really in favor of re-classifying patient rooms for floor storage? I thought that was dicey business. Aren't there a lot of things that need to be done …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 1, 2010
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: Does the Life Safety Code specify if we have to lock up our sterile scalpels in the same way that our syringes are locked? I have looked everywhere on …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2009
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: Our nursing home facility has the required sprinklers inside the facility, but management wants to move boxes of charts to the back yard/parking lot area into a locked and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 1, 2009
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: Is there a specific fire code requirement for an equipment room containing electronic video conference equipment? I have been told there are specific requirements for electrical and mechanical rooms, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2009

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