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Exposed Wood Stud in Healthcare?

Question asked by Joshua Vann on Apr 9, 2018
Latest reply on Apr 12, 2018 by Milton Werner
Does NFPA 101 prohibit a 1 inch hole in sheetrock exposing a wood stud? 
I’m asking in regard to wood framed single-story nursing home. The penetration in question was not in a fire or smoke barrier,
nor in a hazardous area or corridor wall.  It was in the wall separating two interior rooms. 
The penetration did not go through the wall, it just exposed the interior of the wall cavity. 
The building is sprinklered and fire alarmed.
Facility in question has been cited relatively harshly by a DOH surveyor as follows.
"There was a one inch hole containing a yellow communication wire in the east wall behind the Nurses Station
exposing the wood studs to heated gasses in the event of a fire emergency." 
The surveyor cited only NFPA 101 2012 Edition 19.1.6 as justification.

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