Bill Would Require Backup Power Sources In FL Nursing Homes

A rule requiring nursing homes to have a backup power source is moving through committees in Tallahassee.

The law would require facilities to have a generator capable of keeping buildings at 81 degrees or lower for at least four days. 

It also requires enough fuel to last 72 hours be kept on site. 

All 577 nursing homes in the state would have to be in compliance by July 1 if the measure is approved.

The measure comes after more than a dozen people died following a loss of power at a Hollywood nursing home during/after Hurricane Irma. 

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