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Keyes Q&A: Hanging decorations, curling irons, valve tests, eyewash stations

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 11, 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.   

Hanging decorations

Q: What does the Life Safety Code® (LSC) say for hanging decorations from the ceiling in a rural health clinic and hospital?

A: According to section 19.7.5.6 of the 2012 LSC, you may hang combustible decorations from the ceiling and walls and cover up to 20% of the surface, and you may increase that to 30% of the surface if the smoke compartment is protected with sprinklers. And you may cover up to 50% of the ceiling and wall surface in a patient room that has a capacity not exceeding four persons, provided the smoke compartment is protected with sprinklers. However, the ceiling-mounted decorations may not obstruct the spray pattern from a sprinkler.   

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