Entries by BKeyes

Locks on Bathroom Doors

Q: In a multi-tenant office building, can restrooms in the common areas have controlled card access and mag locks tied into the fire system on the entry/exit doors? A: Well, as long as the locks are installed in accordance with section 7.2.1.6.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, I believe it would be okay from more »

Boot Camp Group Photo

Here is a group photo of those individuals who attended the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp this past week in Jackson, TN. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and based on the evaluation sheet comments, I would say it was a success. Thank you to Compliance One staff Ali Rogers and Joe Humphries for coordinating the event, and a more »

Delayed Egress Locks

Q: Our hospital is not fully sprinklered and is not fully smoke detected, but we want to install an infant security locking system in our Mother/Baby unit. I discussed this with our vendor who wants to sell us the infant security locking system, and he says we qualify for delayed egress locks because being 100% more »

Strange Observations – Smoke Detectors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… According to NFPA 72-2012, Annex A.17.7.4.1 smoke detectors should not be located in direct airflow, or any closer than 36-inches from an air diffuser. This would include return-air diffusers, exhaust-air diffusers, as well as supply-air diffusers. While the Annex section more »

Fire Pump Phase Reversal

Q: On our fire pump, we monitor the “Fire Pump Run” and “Fire Pump Loss of Power” on our supervisor points, but the fire pump control panel has a point which could be monitored for “Phase Reversal”. My question is, are we required to monitor “Phase Reversal” as a supervisory point? A: That answer depends more »