Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida will now be required to have power generators under new rules signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

The rules require senior living facilities to install generators and fuel to power air-conditioning systems. Lawmakers passed the legislation after 12 residents of a Hollywood nursing home died during power outages in the days after Hurricane Irma passed over South Florida.

Facilities have until July 1 to comply.

“Sonata Health Care applauds Governor Rick Scott for working diligently to protect residents in assisted living communities. With his actions today, the governor has made safety a top priority, especially during times of crisis.

We believe in high standards of care and comfort for our Sonata residents, which include the generators installed at all Sonata communities to ensure our residents are safe when an emergency occurs. We appreciate the Governor’s level of commitment and we are proud to contribute to Florida’s reputation as one of the best states for senior living.”

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