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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 61. Standards and Regulations for Licensed Adult Day Care Centers

22VAC40-61-430. Heating and Cooling.

A. Heat shall be supplied from a central heating plant or an electrical heating system in accordance with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (13VAC5-63).

B. Provided their installation or operation has been approved by the state or local building or fire authorities, space heaters, such as but not limited to gas stoves, wood burning stoves, coal burning stoves, and oil heaters, or portable heating units either vented or unvented may be used only to provide or supplement heat in the event of a power failure or similar emergency. These appliances shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. When any of these heating sources are used, care shall be taken to protect participants from injuries.

C. The temperature of the center shall be maintained at a level safe and suitable for the participants in accordance with the following:

1. The inside temperature shall be between 70°F and 84°F. This standard applies unless otherwise mandated by federal or state authorities.

2. Fans and air conditioners shall be placed to avoid direct drafts on participants and to prevent safety hazards. Any electric fans shall be screened and placed for the protection of the participants.

3. The center shall develop a plan to protect participants from heat-related and cold-related illnesses in the event of a loss of heat or cooling due to emergency situations or malfunctioning or broken equipment.

4. At least one movable thermometer shall be available in each building for measuring temperatures in individual rooms that do not have a fixed thermostat that shows the temperature in the room.

Statutory Authority

§ 63.2-1733 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 36, Issue 03, eff. December 29, 2019.

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