Q: Are there any requirements regarding outer hospital windows to have curtains or blinds? Some seem to think that they are required in case of severe weather as curtains are closed to prevent flying glass. I can’t seem to find anything in the Joint Commission or NFPA standards.

A: No, I’ve never seen or heard of any codes or standards that require them. However, without them, the patient may be at risk of flying glass as you suggested, and that risk would need to be assessed and documented. Therefore, a surveyor may expect to see curtains or blinds, and if there are none, the surveyor has the right to inquire if you have conducted a risk assessment. If no risk assessment is available to review, they then have the option to cite you if they feel it is significant. Check with your state and local authorities to determine if they have any regulations that would require them.