There are several ways to prepare for an emergency evacuation, such as evacuation planning, vigilantly maintaining backup lighting, and implementing luminescent safety signage. In order to help evacuees make the right decisions during a fire or another emergency, building owners should implement five types of exit related signage. By implementing the signs below, building owners can help prevent behavior that hinders evacuations instead of helps them.
No exit signs
The National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code recommends placing luminescent “No Exit” signage on non-exit-leading doors that could be mistaken for exit-leading doors. When panicked, building occupants may forget where certain doors lead, and building visitors won’t know this to begin with. When used in tandem with emergency fire exit signs, No Exit signs help to minimize the incidence of evacuees using the wrong doors.
Floor identification signs
The International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) require luminescent floor identification signs to be mounted at every floor landing within vertical exit enclosures. IBC and IFC compliant floor identification signage contains the following information: identification of the stair or ramp, floor level, the enclosure’s floor range, availability of roof access, and the story of and direction toward the building discharge. Floor identification signs keep evacuees aware of their location in vertical exit enclosures, helping to prevent panic behavior that can lead to egress jams.
Emergency exit symbols
The NFPA’s Life Safety Code, IBC and IFC require emergency exit symbols to be mounted on exit-leading leading doors with their bottom no higher than 18 inches above the finished floor. Also referred to as emergency fire exit signs and running man signs, luminescent emergency exit symbols accomplish three things: they remain visible from a crawling position, indicate the presence of exit-leading doors, and tell building occupants which direction to travel as they pass through the doors (left, right, up, or down).
Assisted rescue signs
Assisted rescue area signs indicate areas where building occupants who cannot use stairs are assisted with evacuation. Assisted rescue areas function as an emergency fire exit, and often contain a mechanical lift that transports evacuees to ground level. By helping to keep motor-challenged evacuees from using vertical exit enclosures, assisted rescue signs help to prevent egress jams.
Building exit signs
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires buildings to identify their egress exits with building exit signs. While many buildings use Tritium or electrical exit signage, electricity-free, maintenance-free, non-toxic photoluminescent exit signage offers greater dependability and durability, and costs nothing to operate.
At Jessup Manufacturing, we spent years developing our patented, luminescent Glo Brite technology that offers superior burn time (up to 96 hours in total darkness) and visibility, even when smoke is present. We provide the signs listed above (and many more) in versions that comply with NFPA, IBC and IFC, and OSHA guidelines. If your building is missing one or more of the signs above, don’t take chances with fire safety. Get the signage your building needs from Jessup Manufacturing today.