One in four Florida nursing homes meet back-up power demands one year after heat-related deaths

September 20, 2018

After extreme heat killed 12 residents of a nursing home in Hollywood Hills, Fla., last year, the governor gave all nursing homes in the state 60 days to connect air conditioning systems to back-up generators with enough fuel to keep residents in safe temperatures for four days, according to an article on NBC 6 website.

By November 15, 2017, no nursing home could satisfy the requirement so the deadline was extended to June 2018. At that time, less than 10 percent met the requirements

Now – one year later,  only one in four nursing homes statewide has met the requirement. No facilities have been fined or disciplined.

The state has now extended the deadline until January 1, 2019 to implement their plans.

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