Entries by BKeyes

Illumination of the Egress

Q: Is there a standard on lighting of offices and exam room in the ambulatory or clinics? A: The Life Safety Code is primarily concerned about egressing the facility under emergency conditions, and only has illumination requirements for emergency egress situations. Section 7.8.1.3 of the 2012 Life Safety Code says the floors and other walking more »

ILSM Fire Drills

Q: I’ve been conducting two fire drills per month while we are under construction. I am new to the safety role and my understanding of the code is that I should be doing 2 per quarter each on different shifts. My facilities guy says 2 per month. Who is correct? I think we are giving more »

Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

Q: My question involves childproof outlets in healthcare. Where are they required and where in the code does it discuss not using snap-in covers? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, Article 517.18(C), tamper-resistant receptacles are required in pediatric locations of health care facilities (i.e. hospitals, physician offices, therapy areas, etc.) including patient rooms, bathrooms, playrooms, activity more »

Locked Electrical Panels

Q: Is it required to keep electrical panels locked even if they are behind doors that are restricted by card-access readers? Does it depend on which AHJ is inspecting it? A: According to NFPA 99-2012, section 6.3.2.2.1.3 (A), circuit breaker panels to Category 1 and Category 2 rooms must be secured against unauthorized access. If more »

Access To Electrical Rooms

Q: Please clarify if electrical closets and /or electrical rooms can be accessible to anyone. The NFPA70 National Electrical Code seems to require warning signs limiting access to authorized personnel only. A: For many years there has not been any specific standard that says access to electrical control panels has to be restricted to authorized more »

Daisy Chain

Q: What would be the appropriate standard for a daisy chain? A: I’m not entirely sure of what you are asking…. But when you say “What would be the appropriate standard for a daisy chain” I’m assuming you are referring to an extension cord (or power strip) plugged into another extension cord (or power strip). more »