Entries by BKeyes

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Q: In regards to fire extinguisher inspections… when the annual fire extinguisher maintenance is done, say in June, does the monthly fire extinguisher inspection still need to be completed? A: Yes. According to NFPA 10-2010, there are distinctly different requirements for the annual maintenance and the monthly inspection. Typically, the annual maintenance does NOT include more »

Deactivating a Magnetic Lock

Q: When deactivating a magnetic lock but leaving it in place, what is the exact/excepted wording used noting that this magnetic lock is no longer in use? A: What you are saying is not compliant with section 4.6.12.3 of the 2012 LSC which says existing life safety features obvious to the public, if not required more »

Sprinklers in Lieu of Smoke Detectors

Q: We are seeking to reduce activation of smoke heads contained in our construction areas. In your opinion, if the construction area has existing sprinkler coverage or if new active sprinklers are installed in the construction area, would it be acceptable to remove the smoke heads in this space? In other words, are sprinklers a more »

Air Handler Unit

Q: Can we have a fan unit installed in a clean supply room? We have a room where an air handler unit is installed for cooling another equipment room. The unit is in the open and clean supplies are near it. Is this a violation of a code or standard? A: Sounds like the room more »

Hand Washing Sinks

Q: We have a relatively new Infection Control team.  They are performing rounds and having mock surveys with a nurse-consultant that cites issues from the 2014 FGI in areas that are much older.  The issue comes in when we are required to install new sinks (dirty, clean and a hand washing) in existing spaces.  We more »

Risk Assessments

Q: In regards to risk assessments, would you base a risk level to include having any additional controls in place for each item assessed, or do you place the risk level on the impact to patients/staff assuming the item being assessed would not be available or functional? We are performing a risk assessment on facility more »

Clearance in Front of Electrical Panels

Q: What is the clearance required in front of electrical distribution panels? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, article 110.26, a minimum of 36 inches clearance is required in front of all electrical equipment, including controls and panels, extending from the floor to a height of 6 foot 6 inches or the height of the equipment more »

Exit Enclosures

Q: I have been reading about stairwells and what the code addresses. I am interpreting that the AHJ’s are stringent of what can be placed in a stairwell. Is it permissible to install wireless access points (antenna) in the stairwell? We have no phone coverage in the stairwells because of the absence of these antennas. more »

Lower Bottom Rods

Q: My department is assisting with a fire/smoke barrier door assessment. I have noticed that some of the ¾-hour corridor doors have had the lower bottom rods removed from the latching hardware with cups still visible in the floor. It is unclear why they were removed however the top latches still work and secure the more »