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Sprinkler system regulations under the LSC clarified by CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a memo on December 16, 2016 to clarify its requirement that healthcare facilities install automatic fire sprinklers in concealed or attic spaces. This requirement is part of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, which was adopted by CMS in May, 2016.

The memo clarifies that concealed spaces (defined as non-occupied spaces that can be created by construction of the building, may contain wiring and piping for building service equipment such as HVAC equipment, and may be void of any combustible material) are not required to have an automatic sprinkler system if they are constructed of fire retardant treated wood (FRTW), among other requirements.

The full memo can be accessed here. For questions regarding this memo, please contact James Merrill at SCG_LifeSafetyCode@cms.hhs.gov.