Do generators need to be tested every calendar month at health care facilities?

Blog Post created by jonhart Employee on Jun 19, 2018


Essential electrical systems are intended to ensure that when facilities lose normal power there is a reliable source of backup power that can quickly restore power to circuits and equipment needed for life safety purposes and those that affect the well-being of patients or are essential to the clinical functionality of the facility.
In my recent NFPA live session I discussed different branches of essential electrical systems, generator requirements, and their required testing and maintenance.

I received this follow-up question from a member. I hear this question a lot so I wanted to share it here. I hope you find some value in it.


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