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Q: A local authority stated that when performing the annual fire alarm inspection our service contractor needs to write up areas that have no smoke detection. Smoke detection was not …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2020
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Q: Have I misinterpreted the new NFPA-25-2010 Testing and Inspection criteria for sprinkler systems? It’s my understanding that the technician performing the T&I services for water flow testing of sprinkler …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 12, 2020
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Q: Has there been an update to the definition of time by TJC/CMS? I'm looking at quarterly fire drills right now, but any changes/clarification on the definition for all intervals …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 15, 2020
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Q: What is the testing requirement for a fire alarm system in a nursing home? Is it annual or semiannual? A: The testing frequencies for a fire alarm system differ …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 3, 2020
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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
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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
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Q: Is the alarm transmission verification test generally performed by a fire alarm testing company on every device during an annual test/inspection? I also thought that this was a quarterly …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 10, 2019
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Q: Is there a code requirement for testing magnetic-locking devices, for a facility maintenance director? A: There is a requirement in NFPA 72-2010, section 14.4.5 that all interface devices (ie …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 29, 2019
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Q: We have a difference of opinion in our organization that I hope you can settle for us. I believe the sealed lead-acid batteries in our fire alarm system are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 15, 2019
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Q: During our inspection our surveyor was looking for 3/8" holes, 3 feet upstream, before the smoke detectors in the ductwork. He requested testing procedures for the duct detectors from …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 10, 2018
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Q: We recently acquired a hospital that has been performing segments of their own fire system testing. What are the specific requirements or qualifications for an individual conducting testing or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 19, 2018
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Q: With regards to the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and the requirement to perform annual inspections of smoke/fire doors, would it be safe to assume that annual …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 28, 2017
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Q: What section of NFPA 72 (the National Fire Alarm Code) requires ambulatory surgery centers to perform testing of their fire alarm system on a quarterly basis? Do devices that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 23, 2016
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Q: Does NFPA 72-1999 edition specifically state that annual fire system inspection documentation include an itemized inventory of each system device as passed or fail? Does a report stating that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 4, 2016
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Q: We recently found out that our own maintenance staff is not qualified to service our fire alarm system. What other systems or items in the hospital requires our own …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 26, 2013

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