Entries by BKeyes

ILSM in Business Occupancies

Q: Is there a code requirement for implementing an Interim Life Safety Measure (ILSM) for occupancies other than healthcare (i.e. business occupancies) if a life safety code deficiency has been identified? A: Yes… ILSM (also known as Alternative Life Safety Measures) is found in chapter 4 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, specifically section 4.6.10.1 more »

ABHR Dispensers in Patient Rooms

Q: In the 2012 LSC concerning alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers in a hospital setting, is there a limit to the number of dispensers that can be in a patient sleeping room? We are wanting to have additional dispensers available in the room, such as 1 on the wall, one attached to the bed more »

Power Operated Doors Do Not Have to Latch

Q: I read recently that Joint Commission allows a door with a power operator to not have to positively latch as long as it has 5-lbs. of force keeping it closed. I thought CMS already said that the 5-pound existing door exemption that’s in the Life Safety Code does not apply to CMS facilities.  Is more »

False Alarm Fire Drills

Q: Can accidental fire alarm activations, such as burnt popcorn, be counted toward a quarterly fire drill requirement if documentation of staff response is received in regard to said accidental activation? A: I would think so. A long as you evaluated the staff’s response; the building’s response; and the fire alarm system’s response, I would more »