When talking about building safety, there is no greater example of how critical safety signage is than the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. After reviewing the functionality of installed photoluminescent markings in certain areas of the World Trade Center, the increased safety and simple evacuation that comes from such egress markings is pretty clear.
So the answer to the question is yes, photoluminescent markings really make a difference in safety. After the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, both New York and New Jersey port authorities decreed that photoluminescent markings be placed in stairwells in World Trade Center Towers One and Two. Concerning what happened to the lighting in the World Trade Centers when comparing the 1993 bombing to 9/11, both the power and the lighting went out almost instantaneously after the 1993 bombing went off, and that was with electrical exit signs, egress markers, and other types of safety signage. Those people who escaped the buildings did so under total darkness. They were lucky. During the 9/11 attacks, with photoluminescent markings installed, both the primary power source and the backup (auxiliary) power source went out, but the photoluminescent marking continued to operate. Though the tragedy of thousands of deaths engulfed the news, over sixteen thousand people were able to escape the “Twin Towers,” much of which is attributed to the previous implementation of photoluminescent markings.
View how effective photoluminescent products are during emergencies in the video below:
Clearly, photoluminescent markings can make a huge difference in safety. For those of you who do not benefit from having this method of safety systems installed in your location, installation of photoluminescent markings is not a difficult process to accomplish, and can most likely be achieved with your location’s maintenance personnel, simply by following the installation instructions. Significant technological improvements continued to be made as it pertains to photoluminescent technology, making it the number one and most trusted source of safety solutions that can be outfitted throughout a building at present. This long lasting, glow in the dark safety solution offers a high performance standard regarding the level of brightness and the length of time where visibility is made available, all of which is executed at a significantly lower cost because photoluminescence does not require an electrical power source. The price of installing photoluminescent markings is a fraction of the cost of what it would cost to continue to outfit your location with electrical egress products, exit signs, and safety markers. In addition, those you do decide to install photoluminescent markings throughout their location will experience maintenance free performance for more than twenty-five years, a distinct advantage over electrical safety systems, which require monthly maintenance throughout the product’s entire lifecycle.
Implementing optimal safety systems can literally be the difference between life and death. Invest in the best safety solutions on the market today, and get photoluminescent markings for your location.