Time is Running Out
Required under rules, 59A-4.1265 and 58AER17-1, Skilled Nursing Homes & ALFs (Assisted Living Facilities) located in Florida should have their emergency power plans implemented no later than June 1st, 2018.
AHCA (the Health Care Administration Agency) may grant extensions up to January 1st, 2019 depending on certain circumstances.
* ATTN Nursing Homes & ALFs ‒ Does your facility have its Emergency Power Plan completed yet? If not, don’t stress… because we at ACF, Inc. are here to help!
To get started, our team of experts compiled 3 beneficial questions to consider when developing your facility’s Emergency Power Plan:
1) How Much Power Do I Need?
First, you’ll need to
- Determine your facility’s power distribution, then
- Determine if you need to power the whole facility, or just power critical loads
Consult a qualified electrician to perform an ammeter reading of your electrical distribution box when your facility is running at peak load. You may also find your peak electrical usage on your utility bill.
* If you don’t have an electrician you’re currently working with, or need help finding one, call us at 866-455-4774, so we can recommend one for you!
2) How Do I Determine What Size Generator I Need?
Next, you’ll need to contact a qualified electrician or electrical engineer to determine the actual load, as well as the critical and secondary loads.
Here are some examples of questions you’ll be asked to determine your needs:
- Is the business growing? Shrinking?
- Do you want to provide a full or partial backup of current building?
- Do you want full load on generator or partial load?
Your electrician (or engineer) will then determine the amount of current you need and at what voltage, which will be used to figure out what size generator you need.
After you’ve received this information, one of our skilled staff members would love to assist you with generator sizing, installation, maintenance, etc!
* Let ACF help you with your generator needs & guide you through the next steps by calling us at 866-455-4774!
3) What Are Some Things I Should Include In My Generator Plan?
Generators range in size from petite, to gigantic! Once you know how much power you need, be sure you have enough space to accommodate your generator.
Tips to Help Determine the Ideal Location For Your Generator:
- Contact the dealer to come & do an inspection at your facility
- If there isn’t enough space, you may need 2 small generators, rather than 1 big generator
- Check with the local building permit department & air quality board to find out if there are any regulations governing generator use
You must have extra fuel if you need to run for an extended period of time (ideally 3 or more days).
Always have at least two vendors on contract, in case one runs out or has difficulty delivering to your area.
Generator Hook Up
A survey of your facility and your electrical needs by a licensed electrician is essential.
If you don’t have trained people on site, you will need to hire an electrical contractor, or have someone train and certify your staff.
Another thing to consider is if you need an exterior outlet on your building in order to connect a generators.
Document Your Plan
When writing your Emergency Generator Plan, be sure to document the entire process from obtaining the equipment, installation, and maintenance.
Next Steps? We’re Here To Help You!
Let us guide you through the steps needed to complete your Emergency Power Plan before January 1st, 2019!
We at ACF Standby Systems understand that having a 24/7 emergency power system in Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities can make the difference between a life and death situation. That’s why our team of skilled professionals is here to help guide you through the process of getting compliant with Florida’s generator laws.
Let our team of skilled experts & professionals give you peace of mind that your facility’s needs are met in the time of a power outage crisis.
Don’t wait ‒ CONTACT US TODAY!
For questions on how to get compliant, call us at 866-455-4774
Let us prepare your patients & facility for when disaster strikes