Building Evacuation Safety: Adequate Backup for Installed Emergency Systems
Is your building prepared for a safe emergency exit? You may be pondering the answer to this question as you evaluate currently installed evacuation aids. Common safety items seen in most structures include emergency lighting, posted floor plans, sprinklers, an alarm system, and a defined exit strategy. Implementing evacuation safety procedures is imperative for ensuring everyone reaches an outside safe point in the event of a fire or critical situation. While the plan may be well thought out, does it cover all the unforeseen complications that can occur in these situations? What if the backup power supply fails or secondary lighting does not function appropriately?
These are legitimate complications many owners have experienced. Unfortunate situations like the above mentioned have prevented individuals from exiting, caused injuries, and resulted in lawsuits against the owners. Precautionary measures will protect the owner and all people occupying the building in the time of an emergency. Photoluminescent signing can be installed to supply alternative visual aids for evacuation route enforcement.
Self Luminous Safety Signs Make Exit Strategies More Effective
Natural behavior is a factor often not considered when emergency plans are developed. When an emergency occurs, it is natural for people to feel panicked and confused about what they should be doing. In a situation where all safety measures function appropriately, they can easily find their way down stairwells or corridors to the nearest exit door.
Backup lighting provides enough illumination to identify these items throughout the structure. A sounding alarm informs each occupant that an evacuation has been mandated. Self luminous safety signs can incorporate an orderly and fast exit for those evacuating during disaster circumstances.
The following is a hypothetical situation illustrating complications. A disastrous event occurs and an alarm sounds, cutting off the main power. The generator is designed to supply electricity to all emergency lighting and signs; however, it does not kick on despite receiving the necessary regular maintenance. Not one lighted path is available for the occupants.
In a panic stricken manner, they rush around trying to find their way out. People bump into stationary objects, get knocked down, might be stepped on or become trapped inside the building. This type of ominous situation could leave many injured, or even worse, cause fatalities. Emergency personnel will have a harder time locating individuals who are unable to get out. Injury compensation and building shutdown are two possible results in this type of disaster situation.
Self luminous safety signs are not expensive and come through when all other methods might fail. They effectively direct people to exits in the previously described situations. When lighting is not present or smoke makes it difficult to see, you can rely on these measures to help occupants follow the exit plan. Photoluminescent materials are designed to absorb energy emanating from structure lighting. The stored energy is released when lighting is not present or minimal. Their visibility is consistent, making them one of the most reliable identifiers you can have in your structures. Adding them for building evacuation safety can provide a sense of peace other methods simply cannot offer.
If your building does not already have luminous identifiers in place, Glo-Brite can supply everything you need to implement effective safety signing.