Building Exit Signs: Luminous Materials Provide Multiple Usage Benefits
Your building evacuation identifiers may be the only resource occupants have if they must evacuate. Exit signs have gone through many transitions, as the effectiveness of traditional signing was questioned. Lit building exit signs are not reliable in many emergency scenarios, as they require power and are difficult to see in thick smoke. Traditional lighted identifiers receive electricity from the main power source during regular operation and then switch over to generator power when a failure occurs. These lights require a high amount of maintenance to remain functional.
Reliable operation requires a dependable generator to supply alternative power. Generators must be tested and well-maintained to meet this demand. Many situations have resulted in complete power failure, leaving occupants still inside the edifice in the dark. Individuals could be injured, trapped or worse – a dire situation you do not want to find yourself in as a building owner.
It is important to ensure your tenants or employees have the necessary tools to evacuate appropriately. The above-mentioned situation often results in hefty lawsuits that may be avoided when precautionary steps are taken.
Why Choose Self Luminous Safety Signs Over the Alternatives?
Self luminous safety signs are not a new product; however, advancements have made them one of the most effective components for egress exit identification. Pigment innovations supply improved luminescent properties. Government buildings require them to be installed in place of incandescent bulb and tritium signs.
Tritium is another alternative to lighted products. These particular identification signs use a gas sealed in a tube coated by phosphor. Tritium electrons react with the phosphor to create illumination. These lights cannot be seen under normal lit conditions, but appear lit in a dark or low visibility environment. Tritium is a radioactive material that can be released into the air if one or many tubes are broken. Its radioactive properties also make disposal far more difficult.
Luminous materials have removed the complications associated with previous products. It does not have to be lit or maintained, and poses no harm to occupants. You can use the materials for a longer period of time with no danger to the environment. Such qualities have made these materials the preferred installment for most buildings regulated by fire and safety codes.
Glo-Brite signs use inorganic pigments that absorb energy put off by common lighting. This energy is stored to provide visibility in limited to low light situations. Self luminous safety signs are immediately active when power fails or smoke becomes too heavy. The lamination is highly visible and consistent.
Having these identifiers in place reduces the risk of widespread panic. You can install these identifiers in your building to ensure evacuation safety protocol is met, and to possibly save lives during any type of critical situation. Photoluminescent building exit signs are completely non-toxic and contain no radioactive materials. Inspections are the only maintenance required, as opposed to the numerous maintenance requirements of the more traditional signs. Lack of toxic chemicals eases the disposal process.
Occupant safety needs to be a top priority, regardless of the structures age or size. You can use these luminous products to better guarantee the well-being of any person currently occupying your building.