Rehabilitation Agencies: Fire Alarm Systems, SOM Appendix E Revision - Advance Copy
• SOM Appendix E – The interpretive guidance for OPTs is revised to clarify the fire safety requirements. Surveyors should
review the revised Appendix to view the requirements in their entirety.
• Rehabilitation Agencies – Fire Safety Requirements: Rehabilitation Agencies are required to have an automatic extinguishing
system or an enclosure with a 1-hour fire resistance rating in hazardous areas as well as fire extinguishers, a fire alarm
system, and a fire evacuation plan.
• Air Horns as a Fire Alarm System: Air horns will not serve in place of a fire alarm system for Rehabilitation Agencies.
• Certification/Recertification: Rehabilitation Agencies cannot be certified or recertified and extension locations cannot
be approved if they do not meet the minimum fire protection requirements.