Entries by BKeyes

Linen Chute

By Brad Keyes… Q: I have a 3-story linen chute in our facility. The chute is enclosed within a 1-hour shaft from the 1st floor deck through the roof of the facility. In the basement level of the facility, the chute is not enclosed above the laid-in ceiling tiles and the walls to the discharge more »

Smoke Detectors

By Brad Keyes… Q: Are smoke detectors required in individual hospital patient rooms, and what are the exemptions to not have a detector in individual rooms? A: There is no Life Safety Code or NFPA 72-2010 requirement to have smoke detectors in hospital patient sleeping rooms or treatment areas. There may be other standards or more »

Door Obstructed from Opening Fully

By Brad Keyes… Q: I need you to settle an argument for us, and your answer will settle this situation for all. We have a fire door to a hazardous room, that has lockers behind it when you open the door. The lockers will not allow the door to open fully. Since this door is more »

Different Construction Types

By Brad  Keyes… Q: What is the allowed distance a non-sprinkled stick-built building can be located beside a hospital?  A: Your question encompasses a couple of different issues. When you say “stick-built” building, I think of wood frame construction, which is Construction Type V (000) in accordance with the Life Safety Code and NFPA 220. more »

Corridor Projections

By Brad Keyes… Q: In regards to corridor width, section 19.2.3.4 of the 2012 LSC discusses that a corridor has to be at least 48-inches outside of a sleeping room in clear width. Does that mean that you only need to worry about situations where your corridor projection will reduce the hallway to less than more »

Elevator Recall Test

By Brad Keyes… Q: How do I perform the elevator recall test?  A: If you have never performed an elevator recall test, I suggest you have your elevator maintenance company show you how it is done the first time, then you can continue to do it on a monthly test. But, in lieu of that, here more »

Compressed Gas Cylinders

Q: In healthcare, when calculating the 300 cubic feet of oxidizing gases like oxygen and nitrous oxide, do “air” tanks figure into the calculation? A: Yes… According to 3.3.128 of NFPA 99-2012, an oxidizing gas is a gas that supports combustion. And, according to 11.1.1, the NFPA 99-2012 Health Care Facilities Code applies to all more »