Entries by BKeyes

Receptacle Adapters

Q: There seems to be some confusion on the use of multiplug outlet adaptors such as changing the receptacle from 2 outlet to 6 in our hospital. I have been told that they have to have a reset, while some have said they only need a surge protector. I cannot seem to find anything in more »

Extension Cords

Q: Are there any life safety rules regarding the use of extension cords in the operating room? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, Article 400.8 (1), extension cords are permitted as long as they are temporary and not used in lieu of fixed wiring such as a wall receptacle. From a safe environment perspective, the cord more »

Length of Emergency Pull Cord

Q: Can you reference the standard, code or any information from Joint Commission, CMS or any other regulatory organization on the length of the emergency pull cord in a patient used bathroom? Thanks A: No… The end of the nurse call cords located 4-inches above the floor is an interpretation, not a standard. It is more »


Q: Is there a limit to the size an alcove can be in a smoke compartment right off of the corridor? I understand equipment can be stored in alcoves but is there a definition of an alcove? I have a one hundred square foot room that was once required to be a remote nurse station, more »

Hole in the Wall

Q: I have a surgery suite that had a hole punched into the wall by the door knob. Is there anything in LSC that states ” if a hole is made in a surgery wall the drywall needs to be replaced from stud to stud”, not just repair the hole? A: No… The LSC does more »

Usable Space in an Exit Enclosure

Q: We have an enclosed room in an exit enclosure that is being used as a classroom. I’m using NFPA 101, 2015 LSC, section Usable Space. Is this a code compliant arrangement? A: It depends…If the enclosed room is separated from the exit enclosure with fire-rated construction equal to the stairwell, and if the more »

Strange Observations – Ceiling Penetrations

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… This picture was taken in an electrical room. Where the conduits extend upwards and penetrate the suspended ceiling, the gaps around the conduits are too large. Most surveyors will use the NFPA 80 maximum 1/8-inch gap rule fire door clearance to frames as more »

Plumbing Chase vs. Shaft

Q: What are the code requirements for penetrations in plumbing chases? During the water fountain project we found openings in the floor in the back of the plumbing chases from the original construction in 1949. Pluming lines pass through these openings. Is it required that these penetrations be fire stopped. A: It depends…Were you looking more »