|(a) The facility shall have at least one alternate
source of electrical power that provides for the simultaneous operation
of life safety systems, including:
(1) emergency lighting other than flashlights;
(2) illuminated emergency exit lights and signs;
(3) emergency audible communication systems and equipment;
(4) fire detection and alarm systems;
(5) ventilation and smoke management systems; and
(6) all secure door-locking mechanisms which operate
exclusively on electric current.
(b) The alternate power source system (i.e., the alternate
power source and the required life safety system) shall be tested
at least once every 15 calendar days to ensure the system is in working
(c) The alternate power source system shall be inspected
at least once each year, no later than the last day of the calendar
month of the previous year's inspection. This inspection must be completed
by a person with qualifications established through work experience,
relevant training, specialized licensure, or certification.
(d) Each test and inspection of the alternate power
source system shall be documented and include the test date and test
(e) If any malfunctions or maintenance needs of the
alternate power source system are identified during a test or at any
other time and are not corrected immediately, a written maintenance
request shall be immediately submitted to the appropriate personnel.
(f) The facility shall maintain a log to document all
tests, inspections, and maintenance performed on the alternate power
(g) If a facility uses multiple alternate power sources
(i.e., gas- or diesel-powered emergency generator and a battery backup),
all of the alternate power sources shall be considered part of the
alternate power source system.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §343.224 adopted to be effective January 1, 2010, 34 TexReg 7095; amended to be effective September 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 4387; amended to be effective January 1, 2015, 39 TexReg 9243