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Penetrations in Corridor Walls

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 a fire caulk like products used in 1 and 2 hour walls? A: According to the Life Safety Code, a hospital corridor wall is required more »

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Transfilling Oxygen Cylinders

Q: What are the requirements for a small storage room becoming a transfer station for filling oxygen cylinders? What code would there be? What type of ventilation do we need if any? Are there any fire ratings required if any? A: If you’re referring to transfilling liquid oxygen, then you need to comply with NFPA more »

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Temporary Construction Barriers

Q: Regarding the 2012 Life Safety Code referencing the 2009 edition of NFPA 241 Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration and Demolition Operations which does not allow “tarps” for construction barriers, what is their definition of a tarp? Will using fire resistant sheet poly be allowed or is that now defined as a tarp? A: The more »

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Fully Sprinklered Buildings

Q: Our facility is a four story facility, and is a combination of different structures built in different years. All of the different structures are protected with sprinklers except for our power plant. Our power plant is 24 hours manned and has Fire Alarm System devices installed or equipped. Do we need to ask for more »

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Storage in an Ambulatory HCO Mechanical Room

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 not what we can’t use it for; but what we can use it for.  It is currently fully sprinkled, but not separated from the rest more »

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ABHR Dispensers

Q: Could you clarify the placement of alcohol based hand dispensers in corridors and waiting rooms.  I was just looking for clarification. A: For healthcare occupancies (i.e. hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care, free-standing ERs) follow section 19.3.2.6 of the 2012 Life Safety Code for alcohol based hand-rub (ABHR) dispensers, which basically says: You cannot mount more »

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Card-Swipe Reader on Access-Control Locks

Q: Regarding a recent question on access-control locks, you said the egress side of the door is required to have motion sensors and a wall-mounted “Push to Exit” button. Does it make any sense to have a card-swipe reader on the egress side of an access controlled door? Wouldn’t the motion sensor on the egress more »

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Two Releasing Devices for Doors

Q: I heard in a webinar that under the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, I can you have two releasing devices on doors. Is this true? A: Yes, it is true, but only in very limited situations is it permitted. A new section (7.2.1.5.10.6) of the 2012 Life Safety Code allows two releasing more »

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Suite Entrance Doors

Q: A hospital has 2 different suites with double egress entry doors and the Joint Commission surveyor noted that these doors are supposed to have latching hardware because they are “corridor doors,” but in my experience, cross-corridor doors are not typically required to have latching hardware.  Can you weigh in on this? A: I agree more »

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Soiled Linen Containers

Q: We have a long-term care facility and want to know if we can place soiled linen containers in dining rooms and activity rooms? A: From a Life Safety Code point-of-view, as long as the capacity of the individual containers does not exceed 32 gallons and there is no more than an aggregate total capacity more »

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