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Fire watch is one fix for temporary problems with sprinkler coverage

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July 29, 2021

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, Keyes Life Safety Compliance

Q: During construction/renovation projects in the hospital, infection prevention barriers are frequently built. We use our ILSM procedures to assess the risk of these barriers. The problem I am having relates to sprinkler coverage within the containment area. Often, the containment may extend along a wall in the corridor or an anteroom will be built in the corridor. My concern is that the anteroom or containment area in the corridor will not have sprinkler coverage because of the barrier placement. The sprinklers are outside the containment barrier.

What can be done to mitigate the risk in these temporarily unsprinklered parts of our fully sprinkled hospital? I have tried going through NFPA 13 but cannot find anything that refers to these temporary situations. Do we institute a fire watch in those unsprinklered areas? One of our project managers feels we do not need to do a fire watch if we place an extra fire extinguisher in the unsprinklered containment area or anteroom.

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, Keyes Life Safety Compliance

Q: During construction/renovation projects in the hospital, infection prevention barriers are frequently built. We use our ILSM procedures to assess the risk of these barriers. The problem I am having relates to sprinkler coverage within the containment area. Often, the containment may extend along a wall in the corridor or an anteroom will be built in the corridor. My concern is that the anteroom or containment area in the corridor will not have sprinkler coverage because of the barrier placement. The sprinklers are outside the containment barrier.

What can be done to mitigate the risk in these temporarily unsprinklered parts of our fully sprinkled hospital? I have tried going through NFPA 13 but cannot find anything that refers to these temporary situations. Do we institute a fire watch in those unsprinklered areas? One of our project managers feels we do not need to do a fire watch if we place an extra fire extinguisher in the unsprinklered containment area or anteroom.



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