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What Does AB 2511 Mean

Under California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 72329.1, skilled nursing facilities in California are required to provide backup power for essential electrical systems in the event of an outage. The essential services that skilled nursing facilities are required to provide backup power for include:

  1. Lighting: Backup power must be available to provide adequate lighting throughout the facility, including hallways, common areas, and resident rooms.
  2. Heating and Cooling: Backup power must be available to provide heating or cooling to maintain safe and comfortable temperatures for residents.
  3. Medical Equipment: Backup power must be available to power essential medical equipment, including ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and other life-sustaining equipment.
  4. Communication Systems: Backup power must be available to maintain communication systems, including telephone systems and emergency call systems.
  5. Water Supply: Backup power must be available to maintain water supply for essential uses, such as drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene.

Skilled nursing facilities must also ensure that backup power systems are maintained and tested regularly to ensure that they are ready to operate in the event of an outage. Regular testing and maintenance can help to identify any issues with the backup power system and ensure that it is functioning properly when it is needed.