Travel by bus remains one of the safest methods of transportation, and one of the most convenient. In fact, from 2002 to 2009, bus accidents accounted for only 0.1% of annual U.S. transportation fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For many people, including the elderly and young adults who haven’t yet received their driver’s licenses, the public bus is an essential tool for getting around town efficiently and safely.
Yet, no matter how safe we make our buses, it is a fact that accidents still happen. This is why reliable egress systems are so important. Whether a bus suffers a mechanical failure, the overhead lighting goes out, or an accident occurs, egress systems including floor lighting and properly illuminated exit signs are essential for helping bus riders stay calm and safe.
Some buses utilize egress door markings as well as strips of lights along the floor to guide passengers to exits. This is an effective way to help passengers find their way, but bear in mind that if the electricity in the bus fails, those lights could fail, too. It’s also important to note that in the event of a crash, buses have a tendency to roll, which means that the correct way to exit may not be on the floor at all.
With this information in mind, some public bus systems are turning to photoluminescent tape to mark egress systems in buses. Glow-in-the-dark tape absorbs ambient light from the sun, street lights, and the overhead lights in the bus. When the lights suddenly go out, the photoluminescent tape begins to glow, marking clear paths to safety.
One major advantage of photoluminescent tape is that it can be easily applied to create egress door markings, illuminate walking aisles, mark steps, as well as mark any windows that can be used as exits in the case of an emergency. Photoluminescent tape doesn’t require any special installation, and it serves as an effective marker during daylight hours thanks to its bright or striped coloring. Another benefit of photoluminescent tape is that it is cost effective and doesn’t require any electricity. Additionally, it stays in place and can last for up to 25 years.
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