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Registration Open for Health Care Engineers Conference

On August 20, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

Registration is open for the Minnesota Health Care Engineers Association (MHCEA) Fall Conference and Vendor Show that takes place Sept. 11-13 at Grand Casino Hinckley. 

Liquid Oxygen Update for Care Centers

On April 25, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) informed us last week that section 11.7.4 of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code (2012 edition), does not allow the storage or use of liquid oxygen in patient bed locations (resident rooms) or patient care rooms, unless the room meets a 1-hour fire-resistance standard. Here is the code language: 

Care Centers: Fire Door Inspection and Testing Must be Completed by Jan. 1

On December 20, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

This is a reminder for care centers that full compliance with the annual fire door assembly inspection and testing requirement is expected by Jan. 1, 2018.  Initially, inspection and testing was due by July 6, 2017, but CMS extended the deadline to Jan. 1 in Survey and Certification Letter No. S&C 17-38-LSC.

MDH Health Inspectors Will Survey for Emergency Preparedness Compliance

On October 10, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has decided that its licensing and certification health surveyors will review compliance with federal emergency preparedness requirements, rather than the Minnesota State Fire Marshal. 

MDH and Fire Marshal to Speak at Health Care Engineers Fall Seminar and Vendor Show

On August 15, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

Registration is now open for the 42nd Annual Minnesota Health Care Engineers Association (MHCEA) Fall Seminar and Vendor Show.  

Care Center Fire-Rated Doors Must Be Inspected Annually

On June 14, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office reminds care centers of the requirement for all fire-rated door assemblies to be inspected annually, with a written record of the inspection prepared and kept on file. 

Understanding and Implementing NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code

On December 13, 2016 by Heidi Simpson

Last Chance for this Friday’s Webinar: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted new fire safety requirements that all skilled nursing facilities/nursing facilities must meet, and surveyors began enforcing these new requirements on Nov. 1. 

Dec. 16 Health Care Facilities Code Webinar Free for LeadingAge Minnesota Members

On December 6, 2016 by Heidi Simpson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted new fire safety requirements that all Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities must meet, and surveyors began enforcing these new requirements on Nov. 1. A webinar on Dec. 16, Understanding and Implementing NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code, focuses on the 2012 edition of NFPA 99 (Health Care Facilities Code) and how to comply with its requirements. 

Free Webinar Will Educate Care Centers about Health Facilities Code

On November 30, 2016 by Jonathan Lips

Care centers may register here for a free LeadingAge Minnesota webinar concerning the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, the Health Facilities Code. This on-line program is set for Friday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Exit Doors Must Not Be Altered in Appearance

On June 22, 2016 by Bobbie Guidry

For safety of “exit seeking” clients, providers of dementia care settings may consider altering the appearance of exit doors. However, fire safety issues are a higher level of concern and prohibit the alteration of the appearance of doors as stated in the State Fire Code:

CORRECTION: Emergency Fire Drill Requirements for Adult Day Providers

On January 19, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

In last week’s Advantage, we featured a story that provided a reference chart for emergency fire drill requirements for Housing with Services and Adult Day Services providers. Shortly after we published our story, the State Fire Marshal contacted us with a clarification to the requirements for Adult Day Services providers.

Emergency Fire Drill Requirements for Housing with Services & Adult Day Providers

On January 13, 2016 by Danielle Salisbury

CORRECTION: The reference chart included in the Jan. 13 story contained an error in the requirements for adult day service providers. Members should use the revised reference chart dated Jan. 14.

The new Emergency Planning Requirements for Housing with Services (HWS) that were effective Jan. 1 has sparked a lot interest in the fire and evacuation drill frequency and participation requirements for providers. 

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