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May 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

 

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In April, at the ICC Committee Action Hearings in Dallas, the Patient Fire Safety Coalition spoke out against four code change proposals brought forth by the AdHoc Healthcare Committee.

  1. F212-13 – 1103.1;1104.1, “…the existing fire resistance ratings, opening protectives, penetrations, and joints in assemblies are not required to be maintained…”  
  2. F218-13 – 1103.4.1, “…glass walls shall be considered to be equivalent to 1-hour fire-resistance rated construction…”
  3. F239-13 – 1105.3.2, “Unless required elsewhere in the code, corridor 
  4. walls are not required to have a fire-resistance rating.”
  5. F241-13 – 1105.5.2, “Existing smoke barriers with a minimum of 1/2-hour fire-resistance rating are permitted to remain.”

Two of these changes were successfully disapproved and two were not (view all the results here)

  1. F212-13: Disapproved, 11-1
  2. F218-13: Disapproved, 13-1
  3. F239-13: Approved as Submitted, 12-0
  4. F241-13: Approved as Modified, 12-0

In October, at the ICC Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearing, the Healthcare industry will attempt to finalize and make permanent code changes F239-13 and F241-13.  Once again, we will be speaking in opposition to these changes as they currently stand, and will be seeking code officials and AHJ’s to stand with us in opposition to these changes.

In Dallas, we were able to make contact with several members of the AdHoc Healthcare Committee. We look forward to the potential of initiating  conversation regarding these proposed code changes.  Hopefully, together, we can accomplish our common goal of patient fire safety and create code language that accurately portrays that intent.

 

Watch the ICC Live!

April 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

View the hearings on your desktop computer or your Blackberry, iPhone, iPad or Android pad via webcast from the ICC.

 

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The code change proposals that the Patient Fire Safety Coalition will be opposing will, most likely, be heard on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning (April 24-25).

 

 

Call to Action

April 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

As the ICC Committee Action Hearing draws near we would like to make you aware of several critical code change proposals that the healthcare industry will attempt to get passed.  These changes negatively effect responders and patients life safety in hospitals (I-2 occupancies).

The healthcare industry proposes to:

• Discontinue maintenance of existing smoke and fire barriers (IFC 1103.1/1104.1; F212-13)

• Consider glass walls in sprinklered buildings to be 1 hour rated (IFC 1103.4.1; F218-13)

• Eliminate fire resistance rated corridors (IFC 1105.3.2; F239-13)

• Treat existing smoke barriers as ½ hour rated, not requiring any fire stopping or opening protectives (IFC 1105.5.2; F241-13)

The Patient Fire Safety Coalition is an advocacy group that serves patients and individuals who become “not capable of self-preservation”; ensuring that they will be safe in their healing environment. The Patient Fire Safety Coalition is the voice for those who cannot speak, and a watch dog to make certain that health care facilities maintain the highest standards of fire protection and life safety.

We need code officials and AHJ’s to speak against these changes in Dallas.  Please join the cause. If you would like more information contact us at info@patientfiresafety.org.