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Fire Hose Cabinets for Psychiatric Hospitals

12/22/2010 1:54 PM

Is it permissible to use regular fire hose cabinets (having non collapsible rubber hose reels or those equipped with collapsible fabric pipe rack in patient's residence of psychiatric hospitals or are there additional safeties lockable cabinet etc.), that are required by the code to make the hose safe or inaccessible to patients with suicidal tendencies?

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Re: Fire Hose Cabinets for Psychiatric Hospitals

12/22/2010 2:25 PM

Anti-Ligature is the buzz-phrase. It means the device or appliance has no accessible parts or components that can be used to fashion or attach a cord (in this case a fire hose) that can be partially or completely wrapped around the neck.

Any fire suppression or reporting equipment must be accessible for use, and can be protected from tampering (frangible glass cover, for example), but cannot be resistant to use (that would make it sort of, well, useless).

In USA, this is the current practice. In other parts of the world, I dunno.

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12/22/2010 2:38 PM

It depends on where you are located.

Here in the US, there are a few configurations from secured hose closets to secured hose cabinets depending on the facility, local code, and ward/area - patient threat level.

Three types that I have seen installed:

Locked steel cabinet interlocked with the fire alarm system. The cabinet unlocks when the FA system activates due to smoke or fire.

Locked steel cabinet with a fire alarm pull station which unlocks the cabinet when pulled but activates the FA system also.

Same as above but the cabinet door will have close knit wire mesh re-enforced glass or 1/2" thick plastic (plexi-glass).

All of the above can be accessed with a large device, example - fireman's axe, if necessary.

These are typically installed with addressable FA systems so the location of an open cabinet is reported at the local/remote annunciator panel(s). These cabinets often will be furnished with flow and tamper switches that also report status at the at the local/remote annunciator panel(s).

Your best bet would be to check with the local AHJ (authority having jurisdiction) as well as the facility (hospital) director. This is usually a coordinated decision involving both entities due to the liability potential.

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12/22/2010 4:21 PM

Thanks for your expert feedback.

Do the locked type cabinets come equipped from the manufacturer with the locking/unlocking device? Would appreciate sources/manufacturers in USA to locate these in the market.

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12/22/2010 4:32 PM

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12/22/2010 7:12 PM

Is this the same place as that which has the plumbing issues?

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