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Keyes Q&A: Generator fuel testing, cove base, city bypass valves, access control locks

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, January 16, 2021

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Editor’s note: Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety Compliance, answers your questions about life safety compliance. Follow Keyes’ blog on life safety at www.complianceonegroup.com/lifesafety for up to date information.   

Generator fuel test

Q: I have a question about the annual fuel testing of emergency generators. It doesn't specify anything about natural gas generators. Is there a particular test for these, or is a letter from your gas company provider sufficient documentation?

A: There is no NFPA requirement to test the fuel for natural gas–powered generators. The ASTM test that the NFPA 110-2013 refers to is the D975 test, which is specific for diesel fuels.

Cove base in oxygen room

Q: Is it against code to use cove base in a designated oxygen storage room? I work at a nursing home and have annual surveys by CMS. If this is against code, why, and what code does it fall under? We are a newer facility, built within the last two years.

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