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Keyes Q&A: Stairwell cameras, ILSM, medical gas valves, special locking arrangements

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, May 1, 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.   

Cameras in the stairwells

Q: I work in a psychiatric hospital, and due to the type of clients we have, we have cameras installed in our stairwells. Is this allowed considering that their installation required penetrations into the stairwells?

A: Cameras are not permitted to be installed in stairwells because the interpretation by the authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) is that the cameras do not serve the purpose of the stairwell. While I may not agree with that interpretation, my opinion does not count. The logic behind this interpretation is section 7.1.3.2.1 of the 2012 Life Safety Code® (LSC), which only allows wall penetrations for items that serve the stairwell, and a camera does not—rather, it serves the people in the stairwell. Therefore, the cables for the cameras cannot penetrate the stairwell walls, so you’d be better served taking them out of the stairwell.

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