Emergency Exit Signage

Exit Signs & Emergency Lighting

Installation, Inspection, Certification, Service & Bulb Replacement

Emergency lighting is different from regular lighting in that its primary function isn’t to illuminate areas. In cases of emergencies, emergency exit lights and signs may be the occupants’ only guide to safety. When you lose power, emergency lights that show your egress path have to stay on for 90 minutes, your exit signs have to stay on, and your fire alarm has to stay operable. All of these life-safety systems have to continue to work even if you lose power.

Your fire alarm systems and emergency lighting equipment should also be inspected several times a year. If there is a generator, it should be put on a test and a tune-up cycle with an oil change. Same thing with UPS (uninterrupted power source) systems. The batteries are only good for three or four years and need to be replaced regularly.

A survey conducted online by Harris Poll, May 3-5, 2017, among 2,072 U.S. adults ages 18 and older to identify U.S. worker concerns during power outages. The study found that more than a third (34 percent) would not feel very confident in their ability to navigate the building safely. Additionally, 42 percent of employed Americans would not feel very confident in their ability to calmly execute their workplaces’ emergency plan.

 

Power outages have been on the rise and are nearly four times more likely to occur now than in 2000. The average U.S. power customer loses power for 3.5 hours per year, dramatically exceeding the average compared to countries like Japan whose average customer experiences only six minutes of power loss per year.

 

Emergency and exit lighting is often de-prioritized from life safety programs. Make sure your emergency lighting and exit signs are installed by a professional fire safety company and inspected regularly, according to codes and standards established by OSHA and the NFPA.

New Lighting Installation

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Emergency lighting is completely different from regular lighting. Serious legal or life-threatening consequences could occur if lighting isn't installed properly. We'll make sure your business remains compliant.

Inspections & Certifications

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Emergency lighting should be installed and maintained by a suitably qualified fire safety company to ensure that all fire safety legislation is adhered to and all areas are correctly illuminated during an emergency.

Battery & Bulb Replacement

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Your fire safety procedures should ensure that emergency lighting systems are maintained regularly, batteries are fully charged and bulbs remain operational. Call to schedule lighting and sign maintenance.

Emergency Exit Lights, LED Lights, Signs & More

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There are three main types of emergency lighting: escape route lighting, high risk task area lighting, and open area (anti-panic) lighting. We're here to help you select the correct type of lighting for your business.

 

Did You Know?

50% of U.S. adults would not feel very confident in their ability to walk up and down stairways safely if the lights went out at their workplace.

Emergency Lighting Inspections

NFPA 101:  Life Safety Code

Standards for inspecting and maintaining emergency lighting is provided within NFPA Code 101: Life Safety Code, section 7.9 (Emergency Lighting):

  • Emergency lighting must be provided for a minimum of 90 minutes

  • Emergency lights and exit signs must undergo a test every month where they remain illuminated for at least 30 seconds

  • Emergency lights must be tested annually where they are illuminated for at least 90 minutes to simulate a long-term power outage

  • Emergency lighting must be established to provide illumination automatically in the event of any interruption of normal lighting

Larger buildings often use generators to power life-safety systems, which have additional code requirements. Property owners and managers are responsible for assuring that illuminated emergency exit signs and emergency lights are properly maintained. Different types of systems require specific steps for installation, inspections and maintenance.

 

To avoid significant fines, potential lawsuits or loss of life, it's important to thoroughly document and track inspections to demonstrate compliance with the latest national and local standards.

 

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3 Types of Emergency Escape Lighting

Escape Route

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Escape route lighting is the part of an emergency lighting system that enables the swift and safe evacuation of a building by illuminating its escape routes, such as corridors and stairways, and the location of fire-fighting equipment (fire extinguishers, safety equipment, etc.)

Escape route lighting is a fundamental requirement of fire safety provision regardless of occupancy levels.

High Risk Task Area

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High risk task lighting is a specific type of emergency lighting provided to ensure the safety of people involved in a potentially dangerous process or situation.

 

This helps people see when they need to perform a safety procedure like breaking glass to access a shut-off switch, reading safety instructions, opening an emergency exit, or operating a fire extinguisher.

Open Area (Anti-Panic)

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Open area / anti-panic lighting is relevant in large public buildings, where visitors may not be familiar with the layout, to aid in the identification of escape routes and exits.

 

This type of lighting can also be a powerful deterrent against illicit activities, keeping buildings even safer.