Emergency Lighting System: Does Your Building Have a Secondary Visibility Option?
All building owners have a responsibility to provide their occupants with reliable emergency path and exit identifiers. Lighting can be problematic due to possible failure of the main power source. If a sufficient backup method is not in place, your building could be a liability. Backup power systems provide building occupants a safer environment, protect equipment, and allow vital operations to continue. They are an essential safety precaution within any type of building.
An emergency lighting system may run on generator or battery power. These alternative sources must be tested regularly to ensure proper operation in the event of a crisis. Backup lights are typically installed throughout stairwells, hallways, above key exit points, and in the general lobby area of a building. Systems using a generator must be able to rely on it dependability, because if the generator fails, lighting will be non-existent.
Batteries allow this backup arrangement to be more reliable. The failure of one battery does not affect illumination throughout a structure. You can combine these reliable backup lighting sources with effective signing to ensure everyone is capable of finding a safe exit location during a disaster.
Self Luminous Safety Signs: Additional Protection for Low Visibility Situations
Self luminous safety signs are a cost effective backup measure that can be used in conjunction with standard disaster systems. They do not have to be connected to electricity or require extensive maintenance. Alternative lighting is designed to turn on if main power is not present, allowing people to see egress paths and obstacles as they exit the building in case the primary source malfunctions. You can use luminous signing to inform occupants of exit, equipment, and exterior area locations. Markings may be installed to provide a better view of corridors or stairwells in the structure.
Backup systems were traditionally connected to a generator to receive the necessary power. Reduced dependability has led to most lighting becoming battery powered. Remember to check the batteries periodically, as this shift in supplied power is not completely reliable. One of the batteries might be low in power, causing one of the other batteries to become non-functional.
Emergency or unforeseen conditions could prevent certain components from being completely operational, making it important to have another failsafe in place for emergencies. Self luminous safety signs require no energy and supply visibility regardless of the situation.
The National Fire Protection Association regulates the location of each light and their performance specifications. Lighting must be continuous for a period no less than ninety minutes, and each device should clearly illuminate routes and exits throughout the structure. Distances between each device should be consistent in every corridor. A light must reside above each exit location.
The system should be set to turn on immediately during any emergency. Auxiliary power must come from either a generator or an individual battery. Guidelines also specify the preferred generator types and the determined minimum battery regulations. Every piece of equipment has to be tested each month for at least thirty seconds. Requirements are extensive, so be sure to research the proper methods of implementing a secondary power source.
Even with all these precautions in place, lighting may not function when needed. Glo-Brite can provide all the supplies needed to ensure your building is covered in the event of an unavailable emergency lighting system.