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Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, November 1, 2010

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A. There is a lot to be concerned about. First of all, section 19.7.8 of the Life Safety Code® (LSC) does not allow portable heating devices where the heating elements exceed 212°F in patient care areas. The Joint Commission has interpreted that to mean portable heaters are not allowed in the same smoke compartment where patient care is provided. So, if the unoccupied space is also in a smoke compartment that includes patient care activities, it is not permitted.

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