Entries by BKeyes

Coded Words for Fire

Q: Our EP manager was discussing removing the code words like Code pink for a missing infant to missing child and the conversation about code red for fire came up. Someone in the conversation said there is a NFPA code requirement that “Code Red” must be in code form instead of saying “Fire”. I have more »

Last Day to Register for… Compliance One Presents Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER! Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from a Life Safety surveyor on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®, as it applies to healthcare organizations; presented by Keyes Life more »

Fire Drills

Q: Is it required to activate the fire alarm system in our hospital whenever a fire drill is conducted for AM or PM Shift? A: Yes. According to section 19.7.1.4 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, fire drills in healthcare occupancies must include the transmission of a fire alarm signal and simulation of emergency fire more »

Smoke Detectors in Patient Restrooms

Q: Can I provide a smoke detector in an existing hospital patient restroom? The smoke detector was recommended by the hospital safety committee to avoid smoking in these rooms. Our patient restrooms have bathtubs but no showers. Some restrooms are protected by sprinkler systems and some are not. Some restrooms are provided with heat detectors, more »

Strange Observations – Exit Enclosure

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… This is not corridor, but rather an exit enclosure to a stairwell. There was a construction project in progress and to achieve a negative air pressure in the project area, the contractor cut a hole (twice) in the 2-hour fire-rated barrier more »

Door Lever Hardware

Q: Is there a Life Safety Code requirement for door lever hardware to have a return, so as to not “hook” passing clothing, straps, purses during emergency evacuations? I swear I remember this for healthcare occupancies from somewhere, but can no longer find it in the Life Safety Code. A: No, the 2012 Life Safety more »

Compliance One Presents Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp – February 7 & 8, 2019

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from a Life Safety surveyor on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®, as it applies to healthcare organizations; presented by Keyes Life Safety Compliance, LLC and Compliance One. Date: more »

Fire Hose Valves

Q: Are we allowed to remove the 1½-inch fire hose valves in our hospital? The local fire department would not even have a means of using them? A: Section 4.6.12.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code does imply that you can remove the valves. This section says no existing life safety feature shall be removed more »