Entries by BKeyes

Closet Doors

Q: Are closet doors located inside a corridor considered corridor doors and do they have to meet life and safety codes referring to corridor doors? A: It depends…. What does your Life Safety drawings say? Section of the 2012 LSC requires doors in the corridor to be positive latching. If the closet door is more »

Strange Observations – Picture Hanging Device

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… Apparently, sidewall sprinkler heads can also be used to hang pictures…. NOT. [That was sarcasm…] I admit I did not take this picture, but it was contributed to this effort by Tim Niemer… Thanks Tim.

Compliance One Presents Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp – February 7 & 8, 2019

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from a Life Safety surveyor on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®, as it applies to healthcare organizations; presented by Keyes Life Safety Compliance, LLC and Compliance One. Date: more »

Exit Discharge

Q: I could not find in the 2012 Life Safety Code if there is a specific width requirement for a sidewalk as an exit discharge. A: You are describing the exit discharge, and that is regulated under section of the 2012 LSC, which says yards, courts, open spaces, or other portions of the exit more »

Low Voltage Wiring

Q: We recently underwent a mock survey in preparation for a full survey soon. The Life Safety mock surveyor cited us for failure to cover low voltage junction boxes. We had differing opinions about the requirement. A member of our team feels that the NEC requirements do not apply in Montana. I was not able more »

Strange Observations – Gypsum Patches

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… Holes in rated walls that are too large to be sealed with fire-rated materials, cannot be ‘fixed’ with a gypsum board patch, as shown in the picture. However, there is a UL system W-L-0014 that does permit installing gypsum patches more »

There’s A New Form on the ‘Tools’ Webpage

Just a quick note to let you know there is a new form available to you for free, on the ‘Tools’ webpage called “Fire/Smoke Damper Test”. Due to multiple requests by readers, we’ve developed a simple template for you to use in documenting your fire damper and smoke damper test results. Check out this and more »

Which Edition of FGI?

Q: My understanding is we should be following the 2010 FGI Guidelines because that’s what is recognized by the 2012 LSC that was adopted by CMS. But I have read where CMS and Joint Commission would allow hospitals to comply with the most recent edition of the FGI Guidelines, which is the 2014 edition. To more »

Strange Observations – Conflicting Signage

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… What we have here is conflicting signage. The ‘Exit’ sign is saying “Hey, in an emergency come this way”. And the sign on the door says “Hey, don’t you dare enter”. This is a conflict, and you cannot do anything more »