Entries by BKeyes

Strange Observations – Sprinkler Pipe Supported From Ductwork

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… This is another picture of sprinkler pipe supported from HVAC ductwork, similar to last week’s Strange Observations. I include it here to emphasize that sprinkler pipe cannot be supported from anything except the building structure itself. I suspect I see more »

Probe Cleaning Room

Q: We have two small processing rooms in a hospital where they clean and reprocess vaginal probes, using the chemical RESERT. Should these rooms be held to the same standard as an Endoscope cleaning room (negative pressure, 10 ACH and exhausted directly to the outdoors, per FGI Guidelines)? A: I would think so… The Life more »

Portable Space Heaters

Q: Could you please clear up a concern related to section 19.7.8 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, that addresses Portable Space-Heating Devices? Section 19.7.8 (1) states such devices are used only in non-sleeping staff and employee areas. Does this mean that the approved space heaters are allowed at nurse stations or offices that are more »

Handrails

Q: According to the 2012 Life Safety Code, section 7.2.2.3.5, the distance between a handrail and adjoining wall should be 2¼-inches. Does this apply to just spaces in which NFPA requires handrails such as stair and ramps, or does it apply to corridors where a handrail is not specifically required by NFPA? If so, then more »

Strange Observations – Sprinkler Pipe Suspended From Ductwork

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… Some organizations fail to install sprinklers underneath the ductwork that is 48-inches wide or wider. This facility did not forget, but the sprinkler-fitter who installed this pipe for the sprinkler head attached it to the ductwork, which is not permitted. more »

Fire Extinguishers

Q: At our hospital there is some question about which type of portable fire extinguisher should be installed in our operating rooms. We can’t find an actual requirement for this and would appreciate your opinion. A: I don’t think you will find anything in the NFPA codes and standards that recommends a type of fire more »

Fire Extinguishers

Q: Do fire extinguishers that are placed in patient care areas of a hospital have to be placed in a wall cabinet, or can they hang from the wall? A: NFPA 10-2010 does not require extinguishers to be mounted in a wall-cabinet. They are permitted to be mounted on a wall without the use of more »

Strange Observations – Rusty Electrical Box

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… Ah…  This is plain ugly. As you can see, water ran into this electrical junction-box and eventually rusted out the metal box. I don’t remember the whole story and quite honestly, it really isn’t my business, but I can’t for more »