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CMS Details New Annual Testing Requirements for Fire & Smoke Doors

If you didn't get the memo, be advised that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated it's requirements for annual testing of fire and smoke doors in healthcare facilities. Here are the new requirements and guidance pulled directly from the memorandum that accredited agencies will be on the lookout for starting the first day of 2018:

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NFPA-101 Life Safety Code & CMS Compliance for Healthcare Facilities

Due to the recently issued requirements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), low-profile fire extinguishers are the only fire extinguishers which may be surface-mounted in the corridors of healthcare facilities while maintaining compliance with NFPA-101, Life Safety Code - 2012 edition. Otherwise, when surface-mounted, typical fire extinguishers that protrude more than 4-1/2” are not compliant.

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Five Year Internal Inspections and MIC

The following is a guest blog from one of BuildingReports service members, Integrated Fire Protection. If you would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please contact marketing@buildingreports.com.

Your fire sprinkler system is a vital part of your overall life safety system. But, as with all mechanical equipment, your systems must be maintained in order to provide proper protection to your facilities and occupants.

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Atlanta I-85 Fire & Overpass Collapse: Revisiting Hazardous Material Storage Requirements

It is estimated that over 220,000 vehicles travel daily over the stretch of interstate damaged in last week's fire, just north of midtown Atlanta, GA. As commuters struggle with the new reality in a city already plagued by traffic woes, Georgia Department of Transportation officials, investigators and fire and safety officials search for answers in the wake of the disaster. At the same time, those responsible for establishing and enforcing codes and requirements aimed at preventing these incidents look to learn and adapt in the wake of the event.

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World's Largest Flooring Manufacturer Achieves Objective Evidence of Compliance

As the largest manufacturer and supplier of flooring in the world, Shaw Industries must maintain a massive and geographically diverse manufacturing operation. If maintaining and servicing the sheer volume of fire and life safety devices in complex manufacturing facilities spread throughout the country wasn’t challenging enough, the logistical challenges of conducting physical audits and maintaining comprehensive paper reporting records complicates the task exponentially.

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Commonly Overlooked Test and Inspection Requirements

The following is a guest blog contribution from one of BuildingReports' service members, A1 Sprinkler & Systems Integration. If you would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please contact marketing@buildingreports.com.

Life safety systems such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire pumps, and fire alarms all have required tests and inspections to ensure they are running properly. Fire safety systems protect lives and property, and where they are required to be installed there is an authority (such as the AHJ or Fire Department) to inspect them and ensure compliance with state and federal laws.

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Paper vs. Digital: What the NFPA says about Electronic Inspection Reporting

In today's advanced technological landscape, smart phones (perhaps more accurately described as mobile computers) and the "Internet of Things" (devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity) are the norm. We can manage the temperature in a building remotely, we can start our cars with our cell phones and, in fact, those cars may be driving themselves before too long.

Given the fire and life safety industry has been relatively slow to adopt technology versus some other industries, it may not be surprising to learn there are a number of misconceptions about technology when it comes to code compliance and reporting. In fact,
all primary Fire Codes now allow for electronic inspection reporting:

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Important NFPA Code updates to ScanSeries & Reports

As a result of frequent requests from healthcare format users using SprinklerScan, there is a NFPA 25 1998 edition year option now available for SprinklerScan on the Setup page and Building Edit page.

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Fire Sprinkler Inspection Training Added to 2015 Event Schedule

Inspector's Boot Camp, a leading training resource for the Fire and Life Safety industry, is proud to announce its partnership with Liberty Mutual to present a week-long, in-depth automatic Automatic Fire Sprinkler Inspection Boot Camp. The event is currently scheduled for June 1-5, 2015 at Liberty Mutual's state-of-the-art fire labs in Wausau, Wisconsin.

This event is in addition to this year's Fire Alarm Inspection Boot Camps to be held at Aiken Technical College's FAST Lab in Aiken, SC on the following dates:

  • May 18-22, 2015
  • September 14-18, 2015
  • November 9-13, 2015

After a decade of fire and life safety inspection training excellence, Inspector's Boot Camp will become a part of the new BuildingReports University in 2015 (more information will be provided during the official launch).

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NFPA 72 - Meeting the Requirements for Fire Alarm Monitoring

Did you know BuildingReports provides for the ability to include monitoring information on web-based inspection reports?

According to the changes in the 2010 updates, NFPA 72 now explicitly approves the use of alternative digital voice technologies, like Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and communication service providers, like cable companies, for fire monitoring purposes. All providers, including legacy analog phone companies, must meet the same monitoring performance requirements. BuildingReports has included the more detailed information in it's online reporting solution to satisfy these stricter requirements since the announcement went into effect.

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