Entries by BKeyes

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 »

Manual Stop Switch for Generators

Q: Are there any regular testing requirements for Generator Remote Shutdown Switches? A: Yes… sort of. Section 8.4.1 of NFPA 110-2010 says generators, including all appurtenant components, shall be inspected weekly and exercised under load at least monthly. The term “appurtenant components” means accessory components, and the remote shutoff switch would be included in that. more »

Patient Room Decorations

Q: Where does “Homelike Environment” end and fire safety begin? We have a resident in our nursing home who likes to push-pin everything she makes in activities to her wall. On a recent Life/Safety visit, the surveyor noted that she had “too much stuff” on her walls and that it was a “fire hazard”. We more »

Fully Sprinkler Existing Hospitals

Q: Is there presently a date in place in which existing Healthcare Occupancies (remaining portions or in their entirety) must be fully sprinklered? A: Yes and no. All existing high-rise hospitals must be fully protected with sprinklers by July 5, 2028. This was decided by CMS in their Final Rule to adopt the 2012 Life more »

Staff Sleeping Room

Q: During a recent survey, we were cited for not having a single-station smoke alarm in our hospital on-call staff sleeping rooms. Since this was cited, I have learned that these staff sleeping rooms are required to have single-station smoke alarms since they are considered a different occupancy (Lodging & Rooming House) and must meet more »

Gift Shops

Q: Are gift shops stilled classified as hazardous areas if they have quantities of combustibles? I do not see the standard for gift shops to be classified as hazardous areas in the 2012 addition. A: Nope. The 2012 edition dropped the requirement that gift shops have to be considered hazardous areas that was found in previous more »