The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) creates and maintains minimum standards for fire safety in commercial and large residential buildings. One aspect of these standards is the implementation of glow in the dark egress signage, which is placed at various points in a building to improve evacuation efficiency during low visibility. If your building lacks NFPA luminous safety signage, evacuation related injuries and casualties are more likely, especially when fire is present. Below are six luminous NFPA signs that every building should have to improve evacuation safety.
“Not an Exit”
“Not an Exit” signage is placed on doors that could reasonably be mistaken for exit-leading doors. During low visibility, regular building occupants can lose their visual memory of egress paths. When panic is combined with darkened surroundings—as often happens during fire evacuations—the ability to distinguish exit-leading doors from non-exit-leading ones could diminish altogether. “Not an Exit” signage helps to prevent evacuees from making erroneous decisions that could jeopardize a person’s safety.
Direction arrow signage indicates the direction of an egress path when its continuation becomes unclear. For example, if a hallway ends in another hallway running perpendicularly, a direction arrow should be placed to show which direction evacuees should take in the new hall. As with “Not an Exit” signage, glow in the dark safety signs that feature a direction arrow help to prevent evacuees from making erroneous decisions that could jeopardize their safety.
Also known as emergency exit symbols, running man signs are placed on exit-leading doors to indicate the direction evacuees should travel after accessing a door. Running man signage can also contain lettering, but the direction of its running man symbol is its primary communicator.
“Final Exit” signs are running man signs that contain the words “Final Exit” beneath the running man symbol. Although usually not required, they can encourage exhausted evacuees to complete their journey by informing them that an exit is only yards away.
“Area of Refuge”
“Area of refuge” signage is placed at exit points that lead to assisted rescue areas, where police, fire fighters, and EMT workers can help evacuees who have special needs. For the definition of an area of refuge, consult the International Building Code (IBC).
“No Roof Access”
“No Roof Access” signage indicates to evacuees that roof rescue is not possible, and to fire fighters that no evacuees are waiting on the roof. Consequently, it can improve both evacuation time and rescue time. If International Fire Code complaint floor identification signage is placed in vertical exit enclosures, the “No Roof Access” signage may be unnecessary.
Glo-Brite carries NFPA safety signs
At Glo-Brite, we offer a variety of NFPA compliant glow in the dark safety signs that are powered by our Glo-Brite technology. In addition to offering superior visibility through smoke, our photoluminescent material also burns for up to 96 hours in total darkness. To choose fire safety signs for your building, browse through our product pages, or call us today.