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Top 10 Life Safety Citations: What are Surveyors Writing Up?

Posted by Earl Laing | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If you review life safety code citations from the last 5 years – you might say we’re all crazy. There are clear trends, and providers want a better record in 2016. In a recent partner webinar with McKnight’s Long Term Care News, TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions identified the Top 10 Life Safety Citations from 2015 and reviewed best practices to avoid them in your community in 2016.

Here is a quick highlight of some of the citations we covered:

  1. K62 – Sprinkler System Maintenance: Testing and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems
  2. K147 – Electrical Wiring and Equipment: Electrical wiring must be in accordance with NFPA 70, National Electrical Code
  3. K29 – Hazardous Areas Separated: Keep areas like solid linen, trash rooms, and repair shops separated
  4. K18 – Construction of Doors: Doors that protect corridor opening must be free of obstructions and gaps, and prevent smoke from passing through
  5. K144 – Generator Inspection & Load Testing: Inspect all generators weekly and exercise under load for 30 minutes per month in accordance with NFPA 99, section
  6. K38 – Exit Accessible at All Times: Exits must be clear of obstructions and accessible for staff
  7. K25 – Smoke Barriers (1/2 Hour Fire Rating): Smoke barrier walls must have a 1/2hr FRR (1hr FRR for new construction)
  8. K50 – Fire Drills and Emergency Preparedness: Fire Drills need to be conducted at a minimum of once per shift per quarter RANDOMLY
  9. K52 – Fire Alarm Testing and Maintenance: Test the fire alarm system as per required NFPA frequencies (NFPA 72, tables 7-3.1, 7.32, 7-52.2)
  10. K56 – Auto Sprinkle System of Approved Type: Sprinklers must be installed throughout the facility in accordance with NFPA 13

To learn more about how TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions can help you avoid these compliance issues for 2016 and beyond, check out our webinar recording!