When an emergency prompts an evacuation, the type of signage a building contains can have a major bearing on evacuation safety. The first requirement for evacuation safety is having code compliant exit routs. The second requirement is equipping them with signs that encourage safe evacuation. Below are five emergency exit signs that do exactly that.
Luminescent “Not an Exit” Signs
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires “Not an Exit” signs to be placed on all non-exit leading doors that could be mistaken for exit-leading doors. Such doors usually open into corridors or hallways that would seem to connect with an exit. In place of “Not an Exit” signage, these doors can be identified with signage that clearly indicates their purpose.
Luminescent Direction Arrow Signs
The NFPA requires direction arrow signs to indicate the continuation of an egress path when its continuation is unclear. When a hallway leads into another hallway running perpendicularly is a common example of when an arrow sign is needed. The sign would indicate what direction to travel in the new hallway.
Luminescent Floor Identification Signs
The International Fire Code (IFC) requires floor identification signs to be placed at every floor landing in vertical exit enclosures. Floor identification signage provides critical information that helps evacuees to remain calm and evacuate with confidence. These identifiers are included on the floor level, the location of the building discharge, and the direction to travel to reach the discharge. Floor identification signage assists firefighters by indicating the availability of roof access.
Luminescent Running Man Signs
Also known as emergency exit signs, a running man sign uses a running man symbol to indicate how people should travel as they pass through exit-leading doors – left, right, up, or down. The NFPA and IFC require running man signage to be placed on all exit-leading doors, with its bottom edge not more than eighteen inches above the finished floor.
Luminescent Assisted Rescue Area Signs
“Assisted rescue areas” signs indicate areas where evacuees who have special needs can receive assistance. These evacuees might have reduced mobility or suffer from injuries inflicted during evacuation. Requirements for assisted rescue areas can be found in IFC Section 1007.6.
GloBrite has the Signage Your Building Needs
It is important for the signage listed above to be luminescent. If it is not, certain conditions—such as the failure of generator powered backup lighting or heavy smoke accumulation—could render it invisible. When critical safety signage cannot be seen, behavior that leads to deadly egress jams can increase.
At GloBrite, we sell photoluminescent exit signs, egress markings, and fire safety signs that discourage this from happening. Unlike some photoluminescent technologies, our patented GloBrite technology delivers up to ninety-six hours of illumination in total darkness and superior visibility at one hundred feet when smoke is present.
If your building lacks the signage listed above, or contains it in non-luminescent form, do not risk botched evacuations that could lead to injury claims, wrongful death claims, expensive fines, and even prison time. Call GloBrite today and get the safety signage your building needs.