Emergency Power For Hospitals

Emergency Power For Hospitals

Now, more than ever, we need hospitals and health care facilities that can run twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, with dependable power, despite weather conditions or power outages. When the power goes out in a hospital, the lives of patients, visitors, and hospital workers are at risk.

Should Emergency Generators Run Critical Hospital Functions?

When we think of power outages at the area hospital, our minds are drawn to images of medical equipment malfunctions… respirators, life support systems, emergency room machines, and other critical equipment that sustains life. Even if these vital functions are covered, there is still a great need for emergency power in a hospital setting.

What Other Power is Needed?

During a power outage, will the kitchen and cafeteria be able to prepare and serve food? Will the hallways be lit to avoid accidents? Will the elevators be able to run to transport people from one floor to another? So, it’s not just the critical functions that must be made fully operational in the face of the power outage… the hospital building itself must be kept functional and well lit. Therefore, hospitals and health care facilities must have adequate generator provisions to maintain service to the community in the face of a crisis.

What are Hospitals Required to Have for Emergency Power?

According to the National Electric Code standards and the National Fire Protection Association, hospitals must have emergency power that kicks in within 10 seconds for life safety and critical loads if the utilities should fail. Problems occur when additions or new areas are opened within a hospital without being connected to emergency power systems. For this reason, backup systems should be tested regularly to ensure that in an emergency, they will work properly and provide the necessary power to keep things running at the hospital.
Backup systems that use diesel fuel are also required by the NEC and NFPA codes to meet on-site fuel storage requirements and have that fuel inspected and treated regularly to ensure that the fuel is not contaminated. Contaminated fuel may keep generators from running properly or cause damage to them. This part is critical in a healthcare setting, especially.

What Fuel Maintenance is Required?

Facilities Managers and engineering staff at the hospital must provide regular, consistent care to backup provisions. Generators are required to run on low-sulfur diesel fuel, which needs to be inspected and reconditioned every twelve to sixteen months in storage to maintain ease of flow and stability. The exhaust after-treatment system also requires an experienced facility manager to maintain its integrity and ensure that it’s in working order.

Help With Maintaining Emergency Power

Suppose a hospital does not have qualified personnel on their facilities and engineering staff. In that case, Clean Fuels Associates is an option for maintaining and ensuring that you have a usable diesel fuel supply. We can inspect and condition your fuel in storage, help with storage options, and clean your tanks when necessary. Using a third party might make sense when you do not have a staff member who is up to the task. We manage this particular part of your emergency plan and ensure you can keep everything running smoothly when a crisis hits. Call Clean Fuels Associates today, and let’s work together on this!

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