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ConstructionFire BarrierWalls

Q: I have a surgery suite that had a hole punched into the wall by the door knob. Is there anything in LSC that states " if a hole is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 4, 2019

Q: Our life safety drawings identify the corridors in our hospital as being smoke partitions. My question is do wall penetrations above the dropped ceiling need to be sealed with …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 29, 2017

Q: We have a suite inside of a smoke compartment. We are trying to find out if the dividing wall needs to be the same as the 1-hour smoke barrier …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 8, 2017

Q: I have a nursing home that is over 20 years old that has carpet on the corridor walls below the handrails. I am been told that this carpet must …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 26, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsDoorsWalls

Q: Is it permissible to completely cover a fire rated door in a hospital with a polyvinyl picture/mural? Also, is it permissible to cover a fire rated wall, from floor …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2017
Q&AWallsOverhead Rolling Fire Doors

Q: We have an existing overhead rolling fire door acting as a curtain-window between a phlebotomy area and the egress corridor that is no longer needed (like to those found …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 24, 2017
Q&APatchingPenetrationFire BarrierWalls

Q: In regards to penetrations through fire separations: Our latest survey from Joint Commission identified that "Hot Patches" (a piece of 5/8 sheet rock placed over a hole and the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 30, 2017

Q: Is there an NFPA code requirement for labeling fire / smoke rated walls above ceiling and if so what is it? A: No… there is not a NFPA code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 14, 2017
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyWallsOccupancies

Q: Do different occupancies have to be separated by fire-rated barriers both horizontally as well as vertically? We are considering installing a dialysis unit on the second floor of a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 23, 2013
Q&AFire BarrierWalls

Q: Are fire rated walls the same thing as fire rated barrier? And are smoke compartment barriers actually fire rated walls? A: As it has been explained to me, a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 20, 2013
Q&AConstructionFire BarrierWalls

Q: I read with interest the article Understanding the Importance of Construction Types in the February, 2011 issue of HLSC. The article said a 2-hour fire resistance horizontal barrier is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 1, 2011
Q&AElectrical RoomsWalls

Q: Are electrical equipment rooms required to be fire rated? We have a dry-type transformer in an utility room on one of our nursing units and wanted to know if …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2010

Q: Is joint compound acceptable to use to seal penetrations through a fire rated barrier made with gypsum wall board? We used the joint compound to seal around conduits and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2010

Q: During some research in the area around our main security control room, we discovered that two of the walls are constructed with wood framing. Our facility is fully sprinklered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 1, 2009

Q: In the February issue of Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, I found your article on Interior Finish Requirements to be helpful, but it did raise a question for me. In …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2009

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