The evacuation safety of commercial buildings depends on several things, not the least of which is the type of egress signage they contain. In addition to standard exit signs, most buildings need egress signage that guides building occupants toward exit points during low visibility. Below, we list six types of photoluminescent egress signage that building owners should implement to improve their buildings’ evacuation safety.
Luminescent “No Exit” signs
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires “No Exit” signs to be placed on non-exit-leading doors that could be mistaken for exit-leading doors. No Exit signs can improve evacuation time and save lives by preventing evacuees from wasting their time with non-exit leading egress routes.
Luminescent directional signs
OSHA requires directional signs to be placed at points in an egress route where its continuation becomes unclear, such as when a path appears to end but actually turns right or left. Directional signage can improve evacuation time be keeping evacuees in constant motion, preventing them from second guessing the path of an exit route.
Luminescent floor identification signs
According to the International Fire Code (IFC), floor identification signs should be placed at every floor landing in a vertical exit enclosure, with their location visible whether doors are open or closed. Floor identification signs contain the following information that keeps building occupants aware of their location in a vertical exit enclosure: identification of the stair or ramp, floor level, availability of roof access, the top and bottom floors of the enclosure, and the story of and direction toward the exit.
Luminescent egress markings
Luminescent egress markings are not a form of egress signage, but their effect is similar to egress signage: they guide evacuees through vertical exit enclosures by illuminating critical elements and areas, specifically: handrails and handrail extensions, the leading edges of steps and landings, the perimeter of landing areas, egress path obstacles, and the doorframes and door hardware of exit-leading doors. Luminescent egress markings should also be applied in halls and corridors that lead to building exits.
Luminescent emergency exit symbols
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires emergency exit symbols (a.k.a. running man signs) to be mounted on exit-leading doors 18 inches above the finished floor. Emergency exit symbols help building occupants locate exit doors from a standing or crawling position, and show them what direction to travel as they enter the door (left, right, up, or down). An emergency exit symbol is often considered to be the international exit sign.
At Jessup Manufacturing, we have spent last 10 years developing superior luminescent technology to illuminate the egress signage and markings listed above. Our patented Glo Brite technology supplies our luminescent egress products with superior visibility and burn time (up to 96 hours in total darkness). If your building lacks luminescent signage and markings in its egress routes, you may be risking the lives your building occupants and the health of your finances by not implementing them. At Jessup Manufacturing, we help building owners ensure that evacuations happen quickly and smoothly.