Q: How would I go about cleaning the dust off the sprinkler heads? A: Use a portable vacuum cleaner. If the dirty heads are located in the kitchen, then you will need warm soapy water and a toothbrush. But you may want to leave that to a sprinkler contractor to do.
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Q: We have chosen to install some extra battery egress lights in our hospital that are not required. One of these areas is our stairways. 100% of the lighting in our stairways is served by the hospital’s generators including the circuits that feed the egress lights. We installed the battery egress lights to help keep more »
Q: I’m a Facilities Director overseeing an existing 8-story (basement included) acute care hospital fully sprinklered. We wish to mechanically lock (no auto unlock feature) floors 2-7 (Floor one being the level of exit discharge) to prevent reentry from the stairwell side. I believe there used to be an exemption from the requirements of Chapter more »
Q: If an Emergency Department is greater than 7500 square feet but less than 10,000 square feet and is deemed to have “sleeping accommodations”, do the requirements of direct visual observation per 126.96.36.199.2.1(D)(1)(a) apply since only “sleeping accommodations” are provided and not a full “patient sleeping room”? A: According to CMS, the answer is yes. more »
Q: A deficiency was found by CMS on a recent survey that stated ‘staff failed to provide a safe and hazard free environment by not having all doors protecting corridor openings ready to close without impediments’. The finding was repeated three separate times as doors to a patient room could not be closed due to more »
Q: Someone just asked me a question and I haven’t thought about this one before. This AHJ is enforcing the IBC but I’m looking for an NFPA viewpoint and of course I thought of you. The IBC and the LSC both require corridor doors in a health care facility to latch. But what if those more »
Q: If we put the fire alarm system in test by-pass but we are still monitoring the alarms so we can troubleshoot or test the system so we avoid nuisance FA activation do we need an ILSM (Fire watch)? A: Well… How long do you have it in test mode? More than 4 hours? If more »
Q: We are seeking to eliminate accidental activation of existing smoke heads in healthcare spaces that are taken over for renovation/construction work while maintaining fire protection coverage in the space that does not involve the use of a fire watch. We are looking at multiple sensor detectors, but the initial comment we received from our more »
Q: Is there a code requirement for implementing an Interim Life Safety Measure (ILSM) for occupancies other than healthcare (i.e. business occupancies) if a life safety code deficiency has been identified? A: Yes… ILSM (also known as Alternative Life Safety Measures) is found in chapter 4 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, specifically section 188.8.131.52 more »
Q: I have a question regarding emergency generators and Level 1 classification. I’m at a sister hospital and they went through a State Surveyor and he asked for proof that the emergency generator was a Level 1 generator. The documentation indicates that it meets NFPA 110 but nowhere does it indicate that it is Level more »