Do you think about your emergency lighting system much? It’s easy to get stuck thinking of it as a tick-the-box exercise. However, there are a few decisions you need to make for your system to pass muster.
How Long Should Emergency Lighting Last?
Regulations state a provision of a one-hour minimum for escape lighting, but the function of the building will dictate how long the lighting should be available. For example, buildings where people are sleeping, places of entertainment, and buildings with more than ten floors are all required to have a minimum three-hour provision.
Is Your System in Working Order?
Hiring Wiltshire electricians to conduct periodic testing of your system is a must. There are Codes of Practice that offer guidance on how and when testing should occur.
What Size Is Your Running Man?
Size matters when it comes to emergency lighting signage, which needs to be seen at times of confusion and stress. Signs should be clearly visible, so you need to consider the background environment and the sign. Don’t forget to keep your signage clean.
Should You Really Maintain Your Emergency Lighting?
If your system uses a generator or central battery, this may not apply to you, but many self-contained luminaires come in either a non-maintained or maintained version, so it’s important to know which one you need. In some instances, you may not really have a choice, as the fire authorities will tell you exactly what your building needs.
Are the Lights in the Right Place?
Regulations usually dictate where emergency lighting should be placed. Besides providing specific illuminance levels along your building’s escape routes, the system should also provide higher levels of illumination at certain points: near fire-fighting equipment, alarm points, and first aid points.
Ensure you have your emergency lighting system professionally tested on a regular basis.