Entries by BKeyes

Design Requirements for Clean Area

Q: What are the ventilation, air exchange and air pressure standards for an area in a very old basement that is being used to sanitize equipment in a hospital facility? There is a very small area that is used for cleaning and sanitizing with disinfectants that is right next to the clean storage of these more »

Medical Gas System PM

Q: In regards to medical gas system testing, our local AHJ uses NFPA 99-2015 edition. My corporate office has stated that there are no PM’s that have to be done. I feel this is not only incorrect but just not a safe practice. Our medical air compressor and vacuum system are placed in the high-risk more »

ABHR Dispensers

Q: In a business occupancy building, can alcohol based hand-rub dispensers be placed over carpeted area with no sprinklers? A: Maybe yes and maybe no… It all depends on which AHJ is looking at your business occupancy. Section 19.3.2.6 (8) of the 2012 LSC requires ABHR dispensers that are mounted over carpets, to only be more »

Happy Birthday…. to me

Well, no, it’s not my birthday, but 10-years ago today I published my first post on this website. In 10 short years, I have made over 1,150 postings, and answered gobs of questions in the process, some of them correctly. So, in a way, it is the 10th birthday of the Keyes Life Safety website. more »

Strange Observations – Sprinkler in the Alcove

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… The good news is you have an alcove in the corridor where you can store linen carts. The bad news is a sprinkler head was installed in the alcove preventing you from storing linen carts. In this photo, the top more »

Receptacle Adapters

Q: There seems to be some confusion on the use of multiplug outlet adaptors such as changing the receptacle from 2 outlet to 6 in our hospital. I have been told that they have to have a reset, while some have said they only need a surge protector. I cannot seem to find anything in more »

Extension Cords

Q: Are there any life safety rules regarding the use of extension cords in the operating room? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, Article 400.8 (1), extension cords are permitted as long as they are temporary and not used in lieu of fixed wiring such as a wall receptacle. From a safe environment perspective, the cord more »

Length of Emergency Pull Cord

Q: Can you reference the standard, code or any information from Joint Commission, CMS or any other regulatory organization on the length of the emergency pull cord in a patient used bathroom? Thanks A: No… The end of the nurse call cords located 4-inches above the floor is an interpretation, not a standard. It is more »