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Questions & Answers

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, July 1, 2009

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Q. Are smoke detectors required to be installed in hospital corridors? I attended a seminar recently during which the instructor said we did not need them in corridors. We have them in corridors and patient sleeping rooms in our hospital and I thought the code required them.

A. Generally, the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code® (LSC) does not require smoke detectors to be installed in hospital corridors or patient sleeping rooms. Make sure you know what your state and local codes require for smoke detection, as those building codes may have a different requirement than the LSC.

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