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Survey Update

07/06/2021

During recent DIA onsite reviews, monitors have indicated there is concern with fire drills not being completed as required by regulation. Below is a reminder of what is required for assisted living programs.

Fire drills for tenants and staff must be completed bi-monthly (every other month).  This would be a minimum of six drills per year.  Two drills must be conducted during sleeping hours.  NOTE:  Sleeping hours would be considered the time most tenants are presumed to be sleeping.  It is not expected that drills be conducted between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. This is an audible drill.  Staff and tenants should participate.  Drills must be documented.  Times of the drills should vary.

In addition, a program should document training for other emergencies such as tornado or evacuation of building.  It is recommended a program conduct two tornado drills per year (one in the spring and one in the fall).  

It is recommended a program conduct an evacuation drill at least annually.

 

 

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