Last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency action requiring all nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have an emergency power plan. This includes acquisition of generator capacity that ensures ambient temperatures of 80 degrees or less for a four-day period in the event of electrical power loss. The plan also mandates acquisition of a four-day fuel supply for those generators.
These requirements will need to be met by building owners, facility managers and designers in order to receive approval from numerous authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), including the state fire marshal, for compliance with the original installation. Many other requirements need to be met for accreditation at the state and federal level, and for reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
As building owners, facility managers and designers work with contractors to adequately meet the governor’s mandate, there are many electrical, fire, and life safety provisions that need to be considered.
NFPA's upcoming webinar, “Florida Nursing Home/Assisted Living Emergency Power, Fire and Life Safety Considerations,” on October 26, 12:30-1:30pm, EST, will cover the associated essentials of meeting this requirement, with an overview of applicable NFPA codes and standards, including NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code; NFPA 37, Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines; NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code; and NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems.
While this information applies to all nursing homes and assisted living facilities that must comply with CMS’s healthcare requirements, Florida providers, facility managers, building owners and designers are strongly encouraged to register for the webinar and ensure that they receive the needed approvals and accreditations by the state’s November 15, 2017, deadline.
John Hart, PE, senior fire protection engineer, NFPA, and Ken Willette, NFPA segment director, will be co-presenting.