Originally Posted By: mcyr
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Hi Mike; hope you are well:
Without research to give you specifications on Fire Extinguishers, I have these comments from experience to help if at all.
Fire extinguishers should be located to with-in ten feet of all exits, at the minimum.
Your mention, of above protection for Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes, as far as supplement to sprinkler systems, which are mandatory for these structures, I would recommend design criteria from a professional Architect/Engineer. Codes for these establishments are stringent on fire protection and the life safety code NFPA 101.
Most of the establishments require sprinkler systems complimented with heat and smoke detectors along with hold-open doors connected to the fire alarm system. A complete fire alarm system is also required.
Exit signs are also required for direction to all exists, including directional exit signs when direction of the exit corridors change in direction or lose sight of the exits.
Their is a code requirement on distance between stairwells and exits, determined by the occupancy level. This category gets very technical, and expert review should be taken in this area.
Your questions involve very technical answers and all pertain to design criteria of the life safety codes established for those establishments, that you are referring to.
I would be careful in your attempts to inspect these types of establishments, if this is why you are asking these questions.
Do not take this comment offensively, because I do not know your qualifications, you might know more in this field than I do. I am only trying to provide you information that I already know without doing research on the specifics of the documentation and specifications available out there.