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TIp #8 - Dust in the Wind

FGI Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities – 2014: 1-2.3.2.3.1 A written plan, referred to as Infection Control Risk Mitigation Recommendations (ICRMR) is required to describe specific measures that will be implemented during construction to limit...


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Tip #27 - We interrupt this test...

6.4.4.1.1.2 The 10-second criterion shall not apply during the monthly testing of an essential electrical system. If the 10-second criterion is not met during the monthly test, a process shall be provided to annually confirm the capability of the life safety and critical branches to comply with...


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Tip #23 - Don’t Stumble Around in the Dark

NFPA 110-2010: 7.3.1 The Level 1 or Level 2 EPS equipment location(s) shall be provided with battery-powered emergency lighting. This requirement shall not apply to units located outdoors in enclosures that do not include walk-in access. Battery-powered emergency lighting must be provided for...


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Tip #41 - Fire Fighter Use Only

NFPA 101-2012: 9.4.6.2 All elevators equipped with fire fighters’ emergency operations in accordance with 9.4.3 shall be subject to a monthly operation with a written record of the findings made and kept on the premises as required byASMEA17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. ...


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Tip #18 - hour for hour....

NFPA 99-2010: 5.1.3.3.2* (4) If indoors, they shall be constructed and use interior finishes of noncombustible or limited-combustible materials such that all walls, floors, ceilings, and doors are of a minimum 1-hour fire resistance rating. The 2012 and previous editions of the required a 1...


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Tip #29 - Escutcheon Discussion What's your Function

NFPA 13-2010: or thin paper bags shall be used. 6.2.6.4.3 Coverings shall be replaced periodically so that heavy deposits of residue do not accumulate. 6.2.6.4.4 Sprinklers that have been painted or coated shall be replaced in accordance with the requirements of 6.2.6.2.2. 6.2.7 Escutcheons and...


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Tip #21 - 25 to 6 or 4?

NFPA 80-2010: 19.3.1, 19.4.1, 19.4.1.1, NFPA 105-2010: 6.4.1, 6.5.2 - Fire and smoke dampers, or combination fire/smoke dampers are tested when they are installed, and again 1 year after installation. The test and inspection frequency shall then be every 4 years, with the exception of hospitals,...


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TIp #42 - Time to Replace Those Antiques!

NFPA 25-2011: 5.3.1 5.3.1.1.1.3* Sprinklers manufactured using fast-response elements that have been in service for 20 years shall be replaced, or representative samples shall be tested and then retested at 10-year intervals. A quick-response sprinkler, residential sprinkler, and early...


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TIp #44 - 6-9-2-1

NFPA 101-2012: 19.7.5.7.2* Containers used solely for recycling clean waste or for patient records awaiting destruction shall be permitted to be excluded from the requirements of 19.7.5.7.1 where all the following conditions are met: (1) Each container shall be limited to a maximum capacity of...


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Tip #50 - Tap Into the Power

NFPA 99-2012: 10.2.3.6 Power strips providing power in the patient care area must be Special-Purpose Relocatable Power Taps (SPRPT) listed as UL 1363A or UL 60601-1. They must also meet the requirements of NFPA 99: 10.2.3.6. Power strips providing power to patient care related equipment must...