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PDFWAC 388-97-4000

Heating systems in new construction.

The nursing home must ensure:
(1) The heating system is capable of maintaining a temperature of seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit for areas occupied by residents and seventy degrees Fahrenheit for nonresident areas;
(2) Resident rooms have individual temperature control, except in a dementia care unit controls may be covered, locked, or placed in an inconspicuous place;
(3) The following is insulated within the building:
(a) Pipes conducting hot water which are exposed to resident contact; and
(b) Air ducts and casings with outside surface temperatures below ambient dew point.
(4) Insulation on cold surfaces includes an exterior vapor barrier; and
(5) Electric resistant wall heat units are prohibited in new construction.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW and 42 C.F.R. 489.52. WSR 08-20-062, ยง 388-97-4000, filed 9/24/08, effective 11/1/08.]
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