In recent years, photoluminescent egress signage has gone from being a good idea that lacked the right technology to being the most preferred building signage on the market. Unlike signs that depend on building lights for illumination, photoluminescent signs are self-sustaining. After absorbing photons from ambient light, they can burn for up to 96 hours in total darkness. If your building’s egress system needs a safety upgrade after years of inattention, below are six types of photoluminescent egress safety signage that can improve its evacuation safety:
Although your building already has exit signs, replacing them with photoluminescent exit signs has two advantages: the signs contain no breakable parts, making them ideal for evacuations that are precipitated by earthquakes or explosions, and they use no electricity. Research shows that replacing 100 incandescent exit signs with photoluminescent ones can shave over $3,500 off a building’s annual electric bill.
Floor Identification Signage
Mounted at every floor landing in a vertical exit enclosure, floor identification signs present critical information that helps evacuees reach the exit, specifically: the identification of the enclosure, the floor level, the top and bottom levels of the enclosure, the floor level of the exit, and how to travel to reach it.
Assisted Rescue Area Signage
Assisted rescue area signs are stationed at exit points that lead to areas where special needs evacuees can receive help evacuating. By assisting these evacuees, assisted rescue area signage assists other evacuees as well. By directing special needs evacuees to the correct exit points, they help egress flow through traditional exit points to remain steady.
Not an Exit Signage
Not an Exit signs identify doors along egress paths that could reasonably be mistaken for exit-leading doors. By outfitting these doors with Not an Exit signage, building owners help evacuees make informed decisions that promote safe evacuation. Taking the wrong path in pursuit of an exit is a common reason why some evacuees don’t make it out alive, especially when smoke is present.
Direction Arrow Signage
Direction arrow signs are placed at points in an egress path where the continuation of the path is unclear. As with Not an Exit signage, direction arrow signage helps evacuees to make informed decisions that promote safe evacuation.
Running Man Signage
Also known as emergency exit symbols, running man signs are placed on all exit-leading doors, with the bottom edge rising no more than 18 inches above the finished floor. This position allows evacuees to see the signage from a standing or crawling position. In addition to identifying exit-leading doors, the signage’s running man symbol tells evacuees which direction to travel in after they access the doors: left, right, up, or down.
Globrite has the Photoluminescent Signs You Need
Globrite specializes in photoluminescent exit signs, egress markings, and fire safety signs that improve emergency egress safety. Each of our products contains our patented Globrite technology that supplies superior visibility and excellent burn time.
Although most buildings never experience a major evacuation, to not be prepared for one is to risk finances, reputation, and the lives of building occupants. To get the photoluminescent egress products that will improve your building’s safety, browse through our product pages, or call us today.