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The Joint Commission further explains its fire watch policy

Hospital Safety Insider, June 3, 2009

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The Life Safety Code requires hospitals to carry out fire watches when a fire alarm or sprinkler system is out of service for four hours in a 24-hour period. Joint Commission life safety standard LS.01.02.01 similarly refers to fire watches.

However, the June issue of Joint Commission Perspectives explains how The Joint Commission expects hospitals to institute fire watches, and in doing so differentiates between scheduled system outages (e.g., covering smoke detectors in an area for contractor work) and unscheduled disruptions (e.g., a sprinkler system failure)

Keep your ears open about this amended policy from The Joint Commission, as it is bound to generate feedback. We’ll have more analysis in our monthly resource, Healthcare Life Safety Compliance.



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