What Floor Safety Signs Are the Most Important for Egress Safety?
If you’ll soon be applying floor safety signs throughout your building, you’ll find that there are thousands of signs that your building could use. But if you’d like to focus on safety signs that are crucial to egress safety in the event of low visibility evacuations, you can protect your building occupants in the event of fire evacuations by implementing the following luminescent floor safety signs: fire equipment signs, emergency exit symbols, assisted rescue area signs, and floor identification signs.
Fire Equipment Signs
Fire equipment signs indicate the presence of fire extinguishers and fire hose and standpipe units. Most buildings contain these signs, which are crucial to alerting evacuees of extinguishers and hoses that can eliminate flames from egress paths. But it’s important to make sure that your fire equipment signage is photoluminescent. Otherwise, its ability to catch evacuees’ attention in the presence of smoke greatly diminishes.
Emergency Exit Symbols
Also known as emergency exit signs and running man signs, emergency exit symbols should be placed on every exit-leading door within vertical exit enclosures and exit passageways. Although simplistic in design, running man signs provide clear instruction about how evacuees should travel—up, down, left or right—upon passing through an exit-leading door.
Assisted Rescue Areas Signs
These signs signify areas where building occupants who can’t traverse stairwells can gather and be assisted by building officials, a mechanical lift, or both.
Floor Identification Signs
Photoluminescent floor identification signs should be placed at every floor landing within vertical exit enclosures. While the type of information contained by the signs can vary, the International Fire Code (IFC) requires that floor identification signs contain the following information: the identification of the stair or ramp; the floor level (also in Braille); the terminus of the top and bottom of an exit enclosure; the availability of roof access from an enclosure; and the level of and direction toward the building exit.