Smoke Detection

Q: Are we supposed to have smoke detectors in the corridors of our hospital? I see the Statement of Conditions ask if we have smoke detectors in our corridors, which leads me to believe it is a requirement that we need to meet.

A: That depends on other factors. The Life Safety Code does not require smoke detectors in hospital corridors, although it does require them in limited care facilities corridors with some exceptions. However, your local or state authorities may have regulations that require the smoke detectors in corridors. Also, if you have an equivalency approved by an authority having jurisdiction it’s possible that one of the compensating measures was to install smoke detectors in the corridors. So, while the Life Safety Code does not require smoke detectors in the corridors of a hospital, other factors may. That’s why the statement of conditions is interested in knowing if you have them.