Entries by BKeyes

Contiguous Facilities Used by Inpatients

Q: We have a building that is next to our hospital that is an imaging center, that is not a healthcare occupancy. Are we allowed to take patients from the hospital into the imaging center for diagnosis purposes? A: Section 19.1.3.4.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code says ambulatory care facilities, medical clinics, and similar more »

Corridor Doors Have to Be Fire-Rated?

Q: We have an engineer who is telling us that the 2012 Life Safety Code requires our corridor doors to be fire-rated. He is referencing Table 8.3.4.2 which says exit-access corridor walls that are either 1-hour rated or ½-hour rated require a 20-minute fire-rate door. He says the healthcare occupancy chapter sections 19.3.6.2.4 and 19.3.6.3.2 more »

Fire Damper Removal

Q: I have a building that is fully sprinklered and has full protection from the fire alarm system, with multiple floors. The age of the building is 40+ years and when it was constructed it was not fully sprinklered and had fire and smoke dampers (some still pneumatic) to control the spread of fire and more »

Alcohol Disinfectant Wipes

Q: What is your opinion on alcohol based disinfectant wipes and their inclusion in the aggregate amount of flammable liquids in a smoke compartment?  We are considering a product that contains 55% isopropyl alcohol and would be 857ml.  There is one opinion posted online that includes these products in the NFPA 30 standard compliance. A: more »

Locks on Bathroom Doors

Q: In a multi-tenant office building, can restrooms in the common areas have controlled card access and mag locks tied into the fire system on the entry/exit doors? A: Well, as long as the locks are installed in accordance with section 7.2.1.6.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, I believe it would be okay from more »

Boot Camp Group Photo

Here is a group photo of those individuals who attended the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp this past week in Jackson, TN. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and based on the evaluation sheet comments, I would say it was a success. Thank you to Compliance One staff Ali Rogers and Joe Humphries for coordinating the event, and a more »

Delayed Egress Locks

Q: Our hospital is not fully sprinklered and is not fully smoke detected, but we want to install an infant security locking system in our Mother/Baby unit. I discussed this with our vendor who wants to sell us the infant security locking system, and he says we qualify for delayed egress locks because being 100% more »