Putting Safety First in High Rise Buildings

high-rise-building-safetyLast month, a fire broke out in a high-rise residential building in Dubai. The 79-story building, named simply Torch, caught flame for reasons as yet unknown around 2 AM one night. Fortunately, firefighters were able to put the fire out by 4 AM, and the more than a thousand residents in the building were safely evacuated during the event. No major casualties were reported despite the fact that the fire affected twenty apartments across ten floors of the building.

Unfortunately, fires in skyscrapers are a fact of life, which is why high-rise building fire protection is so important. Thankfully the egress systems in the Torch building worked effectively. If a fire broke out in your high-rise building, do you feel confident that your egress systems would work as well?

Reassessing Your Egress Systems for Fire Safety
High-rise building safety should be the top priority of building owners. An effective means of egress is required by federal law and should be regularly tested and updated as necessary. If you haven’t reassessed your egress system in the last few years, consider how you could make your residence safer and lower your building costs with a more effective, electricity free egress system.

Photoluminescent egress systems are the most sensible choice for high-rise residential buildings in which, in accordance with federal and local building codes, hallways and stairwells what must remain lit at all times. In the event of a fire, it is likely that electrical systems will fail.

This isn’t the case with photoluminescent exit signs. Gaining their charge from the ambient light around them, photoluminescent signs begin to glow when the lights suddenly go out. Zero energy GloBrite® signs can remain illuminated in excess of 90 minutes during blackout situations. They are also bright enough to remain visible in smoky conditions.

Safety & Savings
In addition to being safer, photoluminescent exit signs also represent significant cost savings to building owners, as they don’t require any electricity to operate. In a high-rise residential building with one hundred incandescent exit signs, an owner can expect to spend $3,500 per year illuminating those signs. Photoluminescent exit signs, on the other hand, require no electricity to operate, require no wiring or complicated installation, and can last for over twenty-five years. They are also non-toxic and 100% recyclable.

Learn more about how GloBrite photoluminescent exit signs and egress systems can increase safety throughout your building by contacting Jessup Manufacturing Company today.

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