8:36-14.1       Emergency medical services


  • Emergency medical services shall be available to or arranged for residents requiring these


  • The facility shall develop a written plan for arranging for emergency transportation of residents for medical care and returning them to the assisted living


  • At least one employee trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver shall be available in the facility at all


  • The facility shall have an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on site. At least one employee trained in the use of the AED shall be available in the facility at all


8:36-14.2       Emergency plans and procedures


  • The facility shall develop written emergency plans, policies, and procedures which shall include plans and procedures to be followed in case of medical emergencies, power failures, fire, and natural disasters. The emergency plans shall be filed with the Department and the Department shall be notified when the plans are changed. Copies of emergency plans shall also be forwarded to other agencies in accordance with State and municipal


  • The emergency plans, including a written evacuation diagram specific to the unit that includes evacuation procedure, location of fire exits, alarm boxes, and fire extinguishers, and all emergency procedures shall be conspicuously posted throughout the facility. All employees shall be trained in procedures to be followed in the event of a fire and instructed in the use of fire-fighting equipment and resident evacuation as part of their initial orientation and at least annually thereafter. All residents shall be instructed in emergency evacuation


  • Procedures for emergencies shall specify persons to be notified, process of notification and verification of notification, locations of emergency equipment and alarm signals, evacuation routes, procedures for evacuating residents, procedures for reentry and recovery, frequency of fire drills, tasks and responsibilities assigned to all personnel, and shall specify medications and records to be taken from the facility upon evacuation and to be returned following the


  • Nothing in these rules shall supersede or imply non-compliance with the Uniform Fire Act or Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70, or NFPA


8:36-14.3       Drills and tests


  • The facility shall conduct at least one drill of the emergency plans every month. The 12 drills shall be conducted on a rotating basis, to ensure that four drills occur during each working shift on an annual basis. The facility shall maintain documentation of all drills, including the date, hour, description of the drill, participating staff, and signature of the person in charge. In addition to drills for emergencies due to fire, the facility shall conduct at least one drill per year for emergencies due to a disaster other than fire, such as storm, flood, other natural disaster, bomb threat, or nuclear accident (a total of 12 drills). All staff shall participate in at least one drill annually, and selected residents may participate in drills.


  • The facility shall request of the local fire department that at least one joint fire drill be conducted annually. Upon scheduling a joint fire drill, the facility shall notify first aid and civil defense agencies of this drill and shall participate in community-wide disaster


  • The facility shall test at least one manual pull alarm each month of the year and maintain documentation of test dates, location of each manual pull alarm tested, persons testing the alarm, and its


  • Fire extinguishers shall be conspicuously hung, kept easily accessible, shall be visually examined monthly and the examination shall be recorded on a tag which is attached to the fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers shall also be inspected and maintained in accordance with manufacturers’ and applicable NFPA requirements and N.J.A.C. 5:70. Each fire extinguisher shall be labeled to show the date of such inspection and


  • Nothing in these rules shall supersede or imply non-compliance with the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq. or Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70.