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The Preventive Maintenance Manual was developed as a joint educational effort of LeadingAge Ohio, the Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes, the Ohio Health Care Association, the Ohio Veteran’s Home, and the Ohio Department of Health. The participants believe the contents of this document to be compliant with the 2000 edition of the National Fire Protection Association 101 Life Safety Code.

On page 10 it covers Standby Generator Requirements for Nursing Facilites.

It states in part for generators:

"Generators K-105, K-108, K-144

  • Inspect all generators weekly and exercise under load for 30 minutes per month in accordance with NFPA 99, section Maintenance and testing of essential electrical system.
  • The monthly testing of Level 1 and Level 2 EES needs to be conducted by one of the following two methods:
    • Under operating temperature conditions or at not less than 30 percent of the EPS nameplate rating.
    • Lodaing that miantains the minimum exhaust gas temperatures as recommended by the manufacturer.
    • Diesel-powered EPS installations that do not meet the above requirements shall be exercised monthly with the available EPS load and exercised annually with supplemental loads at 25 percent of nameplate rating for 30 minutes, followed by 50 percent of nameplate rating for 30 minutes, followed by 75 percent of nameplate rating for 60 minutes, for a total of 2 continuous hours.
    • Ensure that the startup or cool-down times are not included in the 30 minute load test.
  • Maintain all records of inspections and running under load. Records should include at least:
    • Date of inspection
    • Time of inspection
    • Generator’s general condition (leaks, hoses, fuel supply, oil, belts, battery, cooling system, transfer switch)
    • Start and end times of the load test including start-up time & cool-down time
    • Generator output readings during load test
    • Signature of individual conducting inspection, testing, or repair


  • Ensure that there is battery powered emergency lighting at generator set locations inside a facility (a flashlight is not considered emergency lighting).
  • NFPA 99 requires an emergency generator in a health care facility when life support equipment is utilized. Monitor facility supplies to ensure that a liquid fuel supply is available for use by the emergency generator including fuels such as propane and fuel oil."


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