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Penn N EdwardFSE 221Inspection ReportThis inspection took place in November of 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 110 Grandstand Drive Georgetown KY, 40324. After speaking to management, and arranging a time and place for the inspection, I arrived slightly early to perform a walk around of the structure. This structure appears to be of Type I construction, and is three stories tall. I have deemed this structure to be classified as a Light Hazard Occupancy [CITATION Nat161 \l 1033 ] as this type of occupancy most resembles hospitals and institutions, regarding use and conditions. Upon completion of my walk around, I entered through the main entrance, and was met by Casey, a general manager, who would be my guide. During my inspection of the foyer, I immediately observed the foyer raises three stories, with skylights at the ceiling. Also worth noting is the ceiling has several sharp angles and is terraced as to be smaller at the top than the bottom. A quick glance for sprinklers reveals all sprinklers in the foyer have cover plates over them. While this is allowed by NFPA 13 22.214.171.124.3, there are certain characteristics that must be met for occupancies using cover plates. This includes that only the manufacturer can paint these plates, and the plates may not be caulked or glued in place. During further investigation it is determinedall common area sprinklers, including hallways and meeting rooms have plate covered sprinkler heads. The man entrance, having a terraced ceiling rising three stories, also poses potential issues for detection of smoke/ fire. However, smoke detectors in this foyer can be found throughout the ceiling at the top level. Though I was unable to measure, due to mounting height,these smoke detectors appear to be in compliance with NFPA 72 which advises smoke detectors must be within 36 inches of the ceiling.
The front desk acts as a command post for the entire hotel, and Casey advises this desk is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year, ensuring someone is always able to be notified. Not only do all exits have a single action pull station near the exits, but the front desk has a pull station which can be used to assist in sounding an alarm and building evacuation.