The New Life Safety Code®: How to Prepare in Advance

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The New Life Safety Code®: How to Prepare in Advance

Brad Keyes, CHSP

The new Life Safety Code® is right around the corner: Are you ready for compliance?

The Life Safety Code® has not been officially revamped since 2000. The new 2012 Life Safety Code has been reviewed, improved, and awaits implementation—at which point all facilities will have to make sure they are up to speed and in compliance with the new code.

Life Safety expert Brad Keyes has broken down the expected improvements and updates to the code in an easy-to-digest format to help you review your organization for compliance and ensure you are ready for immediate action when the new code is approved. Using tools, illustrations, and content analysis, Keyes has delved into the changes you need to be aware of before the 2012 code is implemented—many of which are now best practices and worth updating even before the code is officially approved.


  • A step-by-step review of the new Life Safety Code
  • A comparison to existing regulatory requirements
  • Tips for quick improvements to meet new requirements
  • Tools, illustrations, and advice for updating compliance with the Life Safety Code

Chapter 1: Authorities Having Jurisdiction, Exit Enclosures and Headroom

Chapter 2: Doors and Hardware

Chapter 3: Fire Door Inspections

Chapter 4: Stairwell Tread Markings

Chapter 5: Fire and Smoke Dampers

Chapter 6: Door Locks for Safety Needs

Chapter 7: Sleeping Suites

Chapter 8: Hazardous Areas

Chapter 9: Sprinklers: Existing Nursing Homes

Chapter 10: Smoke Barrier Doors: Fire Rated?

Chapter 11: Portable Fire Extinguishers

Chapter 12: Fire Alarm Test Reports

Chapter 13: NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code

About the Author:

Brad Keyes, CHSP, is the owner and senior consultant for Keyes Life Safety Compliance and the engineering advisor to the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), where he is responsible for supervising the Life Safety surveyors.

Published: November 2013