Building Safety Signs: Six Signs that Every Building Needs for Fire Safety

For some building owners, fire safety is a consideration that comes too late. It is also one that has efficient solutions. By implementing signage that supports fluid egress flow, building owners can help evacuees make the right decisions, preventing dangerous egress jams. If it has been awhile since you evaluated the evacuation readiness or your building, you may need to upgrade your fire safety signage. Below, we list six signs that every building needs for fire safety.

Luminescent “Not an Exit” signs

“Not an Exit” signs keep evacuees from accessing non-exit-leading doors. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), helping evacuees make the right decisions is perhaps the most critical aspect of evacuation safety. Luminescent “Not an Exit” signs do this by helping building occupants access legitimate exit paths.

Luminescent direction arrows

Though technically not building safety signs, luminescent direction arrows direct evacuees toward building exits, guiding them to exit passageways, vertical exit enclosures, and building discharges. Recommended by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), luminescent direction arrows have various styles, including chevron arrows, traditional pointer arrows, and arrows combined with the word “exit.”

Luminescent floor identification signs

According to the International Fire Code (IFC), luminescent floor identification signs should be mounted at every floor landing within vertical exit enclosures in a position that is visible whether doors are open or closed. Floor identification signs help building occupants remain calm by stating the following information about an exit enclosure: the identification of the stair or ramp, the floor level (also in Braille), total number of floors, and the level of and direction toward the building exit.

Luminescent emergency exit symbols

According to the IFC, luminescent emergency exit symbols (a.k.a. running man signs) should be mounted on all exit-leading doors, with their bottom edge not more than 18 inches above the finished floor. This allows them to be seen from a standing or crawling position. The running man symbol in emergency exit symbols shows evacuees how to travel after they access a door (left, right, up, or down).

Luminescent egress markings

Though technically not building safety signs, luminescent egress markings ensure that the dimensions and equipment of egress paths remain visible at all times. More dependable than backup lighting, the IFC requires that luminescent egress markings be applied to the following areas and equipment in vertical exit enclosures: 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 exit signs

Self luminous exit signs are the final step in helping evacuees access building exits. There is more than one type of self luminous exit signage, but photoluminescent signage is the best choice concerning cost effectiveness, dependability, and environmental friendliness.

Jessup Manufacturing has the signage you need

At GloBrite, we help power the fire safety products listed above with our patented technology, giving them superior visibility and burn time. To learn more about how luminescent signage and egress markings can improve the building safety of your unique building, call us today.

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