Florida Gov. Signs Bills Mandating Backup Power At Nursing Homes
April 6, 2018 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation recently requiring backup power sources in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, months after the deaths of at least eight residents from a sweltering nursing home that lost power in a hurricane, according to an article on the Modern Healthcare website.
The legislation require the facilities to have a generator capable of keeping nursing homes and assisted living facilities at 81 degrees or lower for four days.
Florida facilities must be in compliance by the June 1 start of hurricane season.
State agencies can grant an extension until Jan. 1, 2019, for facilities that would face delays in installing equipment or need zoning or other regulatory approval.
This Quick Read was submitted by Cathryn Jakicic, Healthcare Industries Editor, FacilitiesNet. For about hospital campuses and other medical facilities, visit https://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities.