Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Life Safety Tips for Compliance with the Most Common Life Safety and Health Care Facilities Code Deficiencies

Sara Rudow

AHCA is providing members with a resource on tips for tackling the most common Life Safety Code (NFPA 101- 2012 edition) and Health Care Facilities Code (NFPA 99-2012 edition) deficiencies and suggestions on how to correct possible deficiencies in your facilities. These tips were developed by members of AHCA’s Life Safety Committee based on deficiencies frequency cited across the country.

For example, the leading deficiency in 2019 was K353- Sprinkler System Maintenance and testing, cited for more than 40% of providers. The tip sheet provides a bulleted checklist of some of the items you should check to help sustain compliance. For example, are you ensuring you have a supply of spare sprinklers, 6 per type of sprinkler in the facility?

Each of the top ten deficiencies was cited in over 10 percent of nursing centers in 2019. From fire drills to cooking facilities, review these tips to determine actions you may need to take in your centers to prevent and correct potential deficiencies with these Life Safety Tips.

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