Entries by BKeyes

Duct Detectors

Q: With regard to testing duct detectors in a hospital, I understand that on an annual basis the automatic shutdown of the AHU’s must be verified when duct detectors are activated. I am unclear if there is also an annual requirement to verify damper (pneumatic and/or electric type but excluding fused links) operation at the more »

Strange Observations – That’s a Huge Step

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… The maximum rise in a existing construction step is 8-inches. The step in the picture to get into and out of this electrical room is about 20-inches. There is nothing in the Life Safety Code that excludes mechanical rooms, or more »

Strange Observations – Monitor Leads in the OR

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals… When I consult at a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center, I always gown-up and take a tour of the operating rooms… the vacant operating rooms, of course. I have no desire to enter an OR that has an active more »

Hazardous Rooms

Q: When dividing hazardous areas (particularly storage rooms exceeding 100 square feet), if there are several rooms in one area, is the one-hour fire rating allowed to surround the perimeter of all the rooms or does each room require a separate fire-rating? A: There is no Life Safety Code requirement that would prohibit you from more »