Code Compliance

KEEPING HAZARDOUS SAFE

Keeping your facility’s hazardous areas compliant is essential for any healthcare facility. Like all fire barriers, hazardous rooms must be held to the standards outlined in NFPA 80, the book of codes that details specifications for fire barriers. However, with these areas, there is an additional layer of complexity – knowing which of your rooms Read more…

LIFE SAFETY PLANS – BE GLAD YOU NEED THEM

WHY? An accurate, up-to-date set of life safety drawings is an asset that your facility cannot go without. This may sound like an exaggeration, because a life safety drawing is just a map of your facility with some extra notes about your walls, corridors, and fire ratings, right? What could be so special about that? Read more…

What Are the Benefits of Fire Barrier Management Plans?

What Are the Benefits of Fire Barrier Management Plans? Maintaining components of fire barrier system might turn out to be quite challenging. This is particularly true in case you have lots of additional responsibilities. Fire barriers are of utmost use as they help to prevent toxic gases, fire and smoke from spreading throughout the facility. Read more…

The Importance of Life Safety Plans in Any Healthcare Facility

The Importance of Life Safety Plans in Any Healthcare Facility An important part of a well-maintained healthcare facility includes accurate life safety plans. Not only are they required by CMS, but they can save you a significant amount of money on your fire barrier maintenance services. What are Life Safety Plans? Life safety plans are Read more…

CMS Fire and Smoke Door Annual Testing Requirements Update Memo

CMS Fire and Smoke Door Annual Testing Requirements Update Memo On Friday, July 28th the Center for Medicare & Medical Services (CMS) released a memo addressing some of the confusion about the new codes that went in to effect July 5, 2016. Just over a year later, questions were still surrounding the new requirements. Prevent Read more…

The No. 1 Reason Electric Fire Dampers Fail Inspection

The No. 1 Reason Electric Fire Dampers Fail Inspection Fire dampers are an important part of your fire barrier system. Prevent has been inspecting and repairing them for over a decade. One thing we noticed with our customers is the main reason fire dampers fail inspection has remained the same: Non-functioning Actuators. We are referring Read more…

The No. 1 Reason Fire Doors Fail Inspection (and How to Avoid It)

The No. 1 Reason Fire Doors Fail Inspection (and How to Avoid It) Over the last decade, Prevent Life Safety has inspected hundreds of thousands of fire doors. With each inspection, we log every door and we noticed a pattern. There was one main reason fire doors fail inspections: Missing fire-rated labels. Why is a Read more…

A Beginner’s Guide to Defend-in-Place Facilities

A Beginner’s Guide to Defend-in-Place Facilities Lately, we have received inquiries asking about defend-in-place facilities. It’s a great topic to discuss as it is one of the main reasons we provide so much training to our technicians. Since fires can take place anytime, it is important that you have solid procedures and that all staff Read more…

Understanding Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) 

Understanding Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) [cherry_sharing networks=”facebook,twitter,googleplus,pinterest,linkedin,tumblr,stumbleupon,reddit”] Infection prevention programs lay the foundation for eradicating an infection from their roots in a designated facility or environment, specifically after occupants suffering from a disease have vacated the place. This program consists of: Eradicating or, at least, significantly reducing the chances of viral spreads from the Read more…

How to Choose a Qualified Fire Door Inspector

How to Choose a Qualified Fire Door Inspector [cherry_sharing networks=”facebook,twitter,googleplus,linkedin,tumblr,reddit”] Accidents happen, and while we can’t predict them, we can be prepared for them as best as possible. If you’re managing a facility there is a risk of dangerous fire spreads. Fire codes are put in place for these reasons. However, if you want to Read more…