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Answers about plywood head walls, K cylinders, converting rooms

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December 21, 2019

By Brad Keyes, CHSP (www.keyeslifesafety.com)

Plywood head walls

Q: Are head walls made out of plywood considered an interior wall finish? Do these head walls need to be constructed from flame-retardant plywood?

A: I don’t know what you mean when you say “head walls,” but plywood attached to the gypsum-covered walls in a healthcare occupancy is considered an interior finish. The Life Safety Code® (LSC) allows Class A and Class B interior finish in rooms of healthcare occupancies.

Q: Are head walls made out of plywood considered an interior wall finish? Do these head walls need to be constructed from flame-retardant plywood?



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