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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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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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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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