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School InspectionThe Prevention Division works to reduce the potential impact of fire and explosion hazards where people live, work, and congregate. This team focuses on inspecting facilities which pose distinct fire hazards and where the potential loss of life from fire is very high.

The division is also responsible for the promotion of fire safety and the education of building owners, operators, and occupants, and the general public. Both office and field personnel are active educators, presenting a variety of program topics across the state of Kansas.

Our office even employs a dedicated Education Consultant to work with local fire and law enforcement jurisdictions, helping to educate kids on fire safety and prevent them from starting fires.

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CMS Fire Door Inspection Date Change

OSFM | Aug 03, 2017

CMS has sent an update to the requirement for fire doors inspections, in health care occupancies. The original date for healthcare facilities to have their Fire Doors inspected was July 5th of 2017. CMS has now pushed back that date till January 1st of 2018. Please see below for code references to this requirement.

Although the requirements under LSC section are not applicable to health care occupancies, annual inspection and testing of fire doors assemblies in accordance with NFPA 80 are still required in health care occupancies by LSC section, which is applicable to all occupancy chapters.

In addition, with the exception of new doors in horizontal exits, the annual inspection and testing of smoke door assemblies in accordance with NFPA 105 is not required per LSC section as doors in health care occupancies are not required to be smoke-leakage-rated.

In health care occupancies, annual inspection and testing in accordance with the 2010 NFPA 80 is required for all fire door assemblies.  Non-rated doors, including corridor doors to patient care rooms and smoke barrier doors, are not subject to the annual inspection and testing requirements of either NFPA 80 or NFPA 105.  But, non-rated doors should be routinely inspected as part of the facility maintenance program as all required life safety features and systems must be maintained in proper working order.  LSC deficiencies associated with the annual inspection and testing of fire doors should be cited under K211 – Means of Egress - General.

CMS regulatory adoption of the 2012 LSC regulation was July 5, 2016, therefore the required annual door inspections and testing would be expected by July 6, 2017.  However, considering the level of reported misunderstanding of this requirement, CMS has extended the compliance date for this requirement by six months.  Full compliance with the annual fire door assembly inspection and testing in accordance with 2010 NFPA 80 is required by January 1, 2018.

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