Focus: Fire-Life Safety

Q&A: Cooking ranges open to the corridor

By Brad Keyes / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today
March 1, 2017

Q: We have an assisted living and basic care units at our facility. We have 48 total units: 24 on the east side and 24 on the west side. On each wing we have an electric range that is open to the corridor. I have been here 4 years and never have seen them in use. Under the new 2012 Life Safety Code, will we have to put in a suppression system on the units, plus will interlocks have to be installed? Currently we just turn off the breaker to the units. We have microwave units mounted above the stove and they have exhaust fans on them. Can they stay or will we have to put in regular exhaust fans?

A: It depends on what the range is used for….

If you never use it to prepare meals for staff or residents, then the Life Safety Code refers to these devices as food warming devices, and section 19.3.2.5.2 of the 2012 LSC says where residential cooking equipment is used for food warming or limited cooking, the equipment shall not be required to be protected in accordance with 9.2.3, and the presence of the equipment shall not require the area to be protected as a hazardous area. Section 9.2.3 is the requirement for commercial cooking equipment to be protected with NFPA 96 exhaust hood and fire suppression system.  

If you do use these ranges for preparing meals for residents, then you must comply with the more restrictive requirements found in section 19.3.2.5.3.

Brad Keyes, CHSP, is the owner of KEYES Life Safety Compliance, and his expertise is in the management of the Life Safety Program, including the Environment of Care and Emergency Management programs.

  

See the latest posts on our homepage

Share:

Topic Area: Regulations, Codes & Standards


Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Healthcare facilities struggle with patch management to block cyberattacks


Workforce shortages and patch management issues came to the fore after WannaCry attacks

5/23/2017

Massachusetts hospital integrates security camera system


System reviews and monitors more than 1,000 security cameras

5/23/2017

Blog

Point of care ecosystem – Greater connectivity improves BP measurement accuracy


A connected point of care ecosystem also protects the quality of the measurement data by virtually eliminating the risk of human error at the keyboard

5/23/2017

Renovating underused healthcare real estate


It’s important to be open to different models of real estate delivery and operation

5/23/2017

Architect discusses healthcare design talent acquisition


Hank Adams discusses attracting and nurturing creative talent in a healthcare design practice in an article on the Healthcare Design website

5/23/2017





Post Comment




FREE
NEWSLETTER

• News and Updates
• Webcast Alerts
• Building Technologies



All fields are required.