Strange Observations – Part 19

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals…

Ceilings that have smoke or heat detectors mounted on them, and ceilings that have sprinkler heads have to provide a monolith barrier that resists the passage of smoke and heat. When ever there are gaps in the ceiling, or cracks wider than 1/8-inch, then that allows heat and smoke to travel to the space above, which impairs the function of the detectors or sprinkler heads.

This picture provides a two-fer: 1) The sprinkler head is missing its escutcheon cover plate, and; 2) This is apparently taken in an IT room. All of the blue data cable is creating a difficult opening to seal properly.

I’m an advocate to remove the ceilings in IT rooms so there are no ceiling tiles to have to seal. Just remount the lights to be suspended from the deck and turn up the sprinklers to within 12 inches of the deck (and use upright sprinkler heads).

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.