When was the last time your community experienced a Life Safety Inspection?
Whether your community is preparing for an annual inspection or verifying that a recent renovation meets the Life Safety Standards, it is important to ensure your community is in compliance with each of the K-Tags. LW Consulting, Inc’s new service line, Life Safety Assessments, includes reviewing each area of the Life Safety Standards and Fire Safety Codes.
Our new K-Tags In Review Series will discuss some of the most cited K-Tags. In this blog, we will discuss K-Tag 918: Essential Electrical System – Maintenance and Testing.
There are three electrical system categories. The categories are divided into the level of impact that loss of electricity will have on residents or patients.
- Category 1: Critical Care Rooms-The loss of power is likely to cause major injury or death. An example of a Critical Care Room in a senior living community would be a room in which a resident is on electrical life support equipment.
- Category 2: General Care Rooms–The loss of power is likely to cause minor injury to patients.
- Category 3: Basic Care Rooms–The loss of power is unlikely to cause harm to patients.
The community is required to have a backup source of power to ensure that electricity is not lost in areas of the community that have been identified as likely to cause harm. While K-Tag 918 does not outline a list of areas that must be supported by the community generator or other backup power source, it does outline the frequency of testing and documentation.
The generator or other source of backup power must be able to provide service within ten seconds of the loss of power. The community is required to complete weekly inspections and run the generator under load for a minimum of thirty minutes twelve times a year. Additionally, the generator must be run for four consecutive hours once every three years. The documentation for all inspections must be available to be presented to the inspectors.
K-Tag 918 is one of the most common K-Tag deficiencies because communities are unable to provide documentation to support their regular inspections.
- Community lacked records to support the required four-hour exercise for the facility emergency generator within the past three years.
- Community could not provide documentation on monthly conducted testing that was performed on emergency generator’s maintenance free sealed battery.
For more information on how our Life Safety Assessments can help your community, contact Emile LeDoux at 717-213-3120 or email ELeDoux@LW-Consult.com.