Commercial Building Safety Signs: Getting Familiar with New Standardization Characteristics

Every commercial building must have measures in place for notifying occupants or visitors of exit paths, doors, and needed equipment. Safety signs are becoming more standardized to make it easier for people to identify them in any structure. Typical requirements your particular buildings might have to adhere to are equipment identifiers, exit signage, stair signs, and avoidable area indicators. Signs commonly consist of four colors: red, green, black or white. Equipment markers have a red background with a white picture of the item. Fire exit signs can be green or red with white. They may contain a picture of a running man with the words fire exit. Signage identifying fire escapes or alarms is quite often a red background with white lettering. Coloring as well as letter sizing will vary depending upon the purpose and local building requirements. It is always important to check with local authorities to determine which commercial building safety signs are necessary.

General Features of Fire Safety Signs

Many disasters have caused the need for uniform safety signs in buildings. Every type of identifier in fire safety signs and other groupings must have the same basic coloring scheme. Warnings have a yellow triangle shape with a black outside stripe. They are used to notify individuals of hazards within your structure. Prohibition notifications are a red circle with a slash through it. Graphical symbols within this circle are black. Any sign denoting a mandatory act will have a white symbol surrounded by a blue circle. They tell workers or visitors what must be done to avoid a particular hazard. Fire safety signs should have a red rectangle, white symbol, and the standardized flame symbol. Not all of these signs will be required within your particular building. Some are specific to commercial establishments which have hazardous materials on the premises or are have a higher risk of fire. Every building should have these safety indicators in place:

  • Directional Guidance Indicators
  • Hallway Guidance Lines
  • Marked Steps
  • Marked Handrails
  • Door Identifiers
  • Outlined Perimeters

Placement of these items is determined by local regulations. All can be installed at high level, low level, or intermediate locations throughout the structure. Luminous materials are recommended for increased visibility. As opposed to lighted signs, signage made of these materials glows regardless of whether or not electricity is available. Their long term durability makes them cost efficient. Use of safe materials poses less harm to the environment. Photoluminescent stair, rail, and hall markings also provide an alternate visual source when backup lighting does not work. There are multiple benefits to these commercial building safety signs including reduced energy consumption, simple disposal, and less required maintenance.

GloBrite products consist of photoluminescent materials which meet the code requirements of any building. All fire safety and general notifying mechanisms are available for implementing reliable notification. Luminous products are becoming a more popular choice because they help companies become more environmentally friendly, cut expenses, and provide reliable identifiers during all types of emergency situations. Call us today to find out how newer materials can assist with increasing the safety of your buildings.

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