If you’re building a new commercial or residential R1 building, you’ll eventually need to decide what type of exit signs it will use in compliance with the International Building Code (IBC), a version of which has been adopted by all 50 states. Applying to new construction that features occupancy at above 75 feet from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access, IBC regulations establish the placement of luminescent exit signs at a building’s official exit points. There is, however, more than one type of luminescent exit sign, with photoluminescent and Tritium signs being the most popular choices for IBC compliant exit signs.
If you’ve decided on Tritium exit signs but you haven’t placed your order, you want to reconsider your decision. Although a Tritium sign is as self-sustaining like a photoluminescent exit sign, a photoluminescent exit sign offers two basic advantages: environmental friendliness and lower cost of maintenance. Photoluminescent signs require no maintenance whatsoever. But each Tritium sign requires a special $75 disposal fee unless returned to the manufacturer under an agreement to purchase a new Tritium sign. As a result, building owners whose buildings contain a large number of signs can get roped into buying Tritium signs over and over.
Concerning environmental friendliness, Tritium signs are perhaps the worst exit signs on the market, with their luminescence coming from radioactive capsules, which are responsible for the signs’ $75 disposal fee. Photoluminescent signs, on the other hand, are non-toxic and 100 percent recyclable. Although Tritium signs will help your new building achieve IBC compliance, they won’t help you save the most money, and they certainly won’t help the environment. For more information on cost free exit signs that support the environment, visit a seller of luminescent safety products online today.