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New fire and protection revisions for hospitals by The Joint Commission

Hospital Safety Insider, January 20, 2011

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The Joint Commission last week released a newly revised fire alarm and protection system that’s now required in hospitals.

Revisions were made to the EP 2, and a new EP 25 was created under the Environment of Care standard (EC. 02.03.05). The revisions will go into effect on July 1, 2011, according to the January 12 Joint Commission Online.

Added to the current EP 2 is a quarterly test to a hospitals valve tamper switches and water-flow devices instead of testing every six months.

The new EP 25 notes that maintenance, inspection, and testing of fire alarms and water-based fire protection systems must include the name of the activity, the date, the frequency, the contact information of who looked at the system, the NFPA standards for the activity, and any result that comes out of it, according to Joint Commission Online.

Visit Joint Commission Online to read more about the revisions.



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