There is also a detailed article on revisions and issues with LS.02.01.35. It covers various areas of fire safety. And it is the same troublesome standard we summarized in our January newsletter.
This standard was difficult enough already! But this EC News article discusses new requirements added to LS.02.01.35 for 2018.
Fire Safety In Clothes Closets
For example, they modified EP 8. It exempts clothes closets from having their own sprinkler head if the closet is less than 6 square feet.
EP 9 changed by altering the NFPA reference on which the standard is based. However, the text remains the same. This article does give a nice description of the advantages of quick response sprinklers.
EP 10 contains the requirements for placement of portable fire extinguishers. The article points out the nuance that spacing them every 75 feet apart is insufficient. Instead, placement must be no more than 75 feet “travel distance from any point”. The subtle difference is that every 75 feet down a hallway is insufficient. You must account for the additional travel distance into a patient room.
EP 11 discusses the K type fire extinguishers required for combustible cooking media such as vegetable oils and fats. The new requirement states that you must have signage near the K type fire extinguisher. This signage indicates the automatic fire suppression system must be activated first, prior to attempting to use the K type fire extinguisher. Also, this issue requires staff training.
EP 12 requires an exhaust hood, exhaust duct system and grease removal devices. It also prohibits mesh type filters above grease producing cooking devices. Although the language is not in the EP, the article does point out an important feature from the NFPA reference. The exhaust duct system must be heavier gauge material than conventional heating and cooling ductwork. Plus, it must have what they call “liquid tight welds” to direct the grease by-products to a safe location.
They also modified EP 13 compared to the EP published at the beginning of 2017. It stated that the automatic fire extinguishing system above grease producing devices should control the exhaust fans as designed. The 2018 modification states that the system “deactivates the fuel source, activates the building alarm and controls the exhaust system as designed.”