As tragic and horrific as the events that unfolded were during the terrorist attacks on September Eleventh, some people might not know, but take solace in coming to realize, that because photoluminescent egress path marking were installed and operational in the Twin Tower Buildings, it is estimated that over sixteen thousand people were able to evacuate and find a safe distance. Thorough investigation, research, and analysis conducted by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) after the tragic event yielded the information that concluded that photoluminescent egress path markings were fully operational during the moments when all emergency electrical lighting utterly failed. Because of this fascinating and alarming documentation, numerous building safety codes were updated, changed, and amended in light of how demonstrative the success of having in pace photoluminescent egress marking paths were in saving the lives of tens of thousands of people.
How is the information described above related to photoluminescent egress path markings for high rise buildings? Similar to the World Trade Center, but not to the exact degree, high rise building have numerous flights of stairs that will have to be negotiated should an event occur that forces its occupants to evacuate the building. This means that it will take time to get everyone evacuated. In addition, the fact that the electrical emergency lighting completely failed during the September Eleventh attacks should be a clear indicator that not a single building and / or structure can rely on electrical path markings to function as needed during an event that causes people to evacuate a location. Therefore, it should be decided by every single owner of a high rise building that installing egress path markings in his or her high rise building become an absolute imperative. Saving lives during an evacuation situation is the main concern, and this can only be maximized and accomplished if photoluminescent egress path markings are present in a high rise building.
Photoluminescence is the technology that provides egress path markings the glow in the dark effect that is able to sustain itself in any circumstance and throughout any condition. Photoluminescence is also the technology that has officially ended all reliance on unreliable electrical emergency lighting, because photoluminescence uses ambient light and energy to sustain itself for countless hours, long enough to assist people in evacuating a high rise building, and long enough to assist people evacuating the Twin Towers, as was evident in the NIST findings. The fact that it has been proven and documented that emergency electrical lighting failed in the World Trade Center Buildings should come as a giant red flag to any high rise building owner who only has that type of egress path marking installed in his or her location. Add to this the astronomical success rate and reliability of photoluminescent egress path markings, high rise building owners have no excuse in owning a high rise that is not outfitted with the best safety technology for egress path markings available anywhere – Photoluminescence!