During a recent survey, a state surveyor made mention that the new National Fire Protection Association 2012 Manual required all facility doors to be inspected within Bradley Healthcare and …
During a recent survey, a state surveyor made mention that the new National Fire Protection Association 2012 Manual required all facility doors to be inspected within Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
If that had been the case, BHRC was looking at a worst-case scenario estimate of $18,000 to bring in a third-party inspector.
Fortunately for the facility, the inspection has turned out for the better.
“We had our inspection and as it turns out, it’s not every door in the building like the surveyor told us, it’s the actual, designated fire doors,” said BHRC Administrator Scott Oliver.
In the building, there are roughly 16 fire doors that are to be inspected, and at a price of $65 per door, the total should come out to no more than $1,040, instead of an “astronomical” $18,000.
“It’s manageable when it’s a smaller amount,” Oliver commented.
An inspector from Wm. S. Trimble Co., of Knoxville, came down and was able to educate the facility as to what is needed to properly inspect the fire doors.
“It was a learning thing for us as well, because he taught us. In the future, we’ll be able to self-diagnose any issues,” Oliver detailed. “He gave us a checklist of 60 items that are looked at, so going forward, we can do this in-house. We had to go through this at least once to really figure it our for ourselves, and also to get the interpretation going forward of just what the rule is.”
According to Oliver, the inspector was impressed with how well kept the facility is, and complimented the maintenance staff more than once during his walk-through.
Director of Maintenance Operations Kirk Anderson said that they haven’t gotten the official report yet, but the inspection went pretty well and anything that needs to be corrected is a minor fix.
“There are a few gaps in the doors that need to be fixed,” Anderson reported. “We will have to purchase some hinges, shims and some minor hardware.”
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