Emergency Egress System: Does Your Building Have Everything Necessary for a Safe Exit?
An emergency can happen at any time regardless of how many precautions are taken. Egress plans are designed to aid individuals when an unexpected situation occurs. While you cannot prevent these situations completely, a well devised system for evacuations greatly improves the likelihood of human safety. Emergency egress systems direct people to a safety point within or outside of your building. Ground level safety points are designated open spaces where everyone can gather until further emergency instructions are provided. Occupants remain at these points while building and emergency personnel determine if everyone can be accounted for. Individuals are directed to another less-risky location in scenarios where one of these areas is deemed as unsafe. Getting everyone out in a timely and safe manner is the main goal of any egress setup.
Self Luminous Evacuation Signs Provide a Sound Secondary Visibility Option
Egress components are not separately defined, but instead are composed of a combination of items with the purpose of providing a direct path to an exit. In a building with multiple floors, occupants may be spread out through individual rooms on a particular level. They must be able to find the right path down that corridor, walk down several flights of stairs, and reach a ground level exit location leading to a safe open space. You have to understand the conditions they will be up against as well as what must occur to reach this designated safe point before the significance of self luminous evacuation signs is truly apparent.
Putting yourself in this environment mentally is one of the best ways to gain full comprehension of a hypothetical scenario. You are sitting in an office or other room on level five as the alarm system sounds. A burning smell becomes apparent with the realization of a fire occurring. As you make your way to the door into the corridor, you notice smoke has already begun to fill the building. You reach the stairwell door by following the directional signs posted in the corridor. The electricity fails as you begin using the stairs to reach lower levels and for some reason backup lighting does not illuminate. You are now stuck in a pitch black stairwell attempting to reach ground level. Falling, confusion, and even getting lost become possibilities.
If you had installed self luminous evacuation signs and markings, finding a safe area would still be possible. This is because photoluminescent products glow in the dark and are available whenever lighting or other egress system components do not follow through. The residing room, corridor, stairway, discharge area, exterior exits, and alternative means of egress should all be signed appropriately. Some building owners use the material flexibility in standard code requirements to cut costs, but are actually decreasing the chances of a safe emergency exit from their structure. You might not be required to install photoluminescent emergency egress system components, but you should be able to see their worth when considering the above described situation. GloBrite photoluminescent products are guaranteed to not leave your occupants in the dark and will always be there when you need them the most.