Fire Evacuation Markings: Effectively Leading Your Occupants to Safety
Implementing the best possible safety features are a major concern for owners of commercial, manufacturing, and residential facilities. However, the importance of emergency planning does not become truly apparent until the unthinkable happens. An employee or tenant may be going about their regular activities when the blaring sound of a fire alarm goes off. Where do they go during this type of emergency? They need appropriate markings, lighting, and an efficient evacuation plan to get out safely.
You may have the emergency systems in place, but markings are essential to ensure each occupant can locate the necessary exits. Fire evacuation markings are commonly seen on stairwells, in hallways, and around exits, and are needed to identify equipment such as hoses. Markings outline exit paths and assist with locating important areas or items.
Self Luminous Safety Signs Make Egress Routes Visible At All Times
When a fire breaks out in your building, many things can go wrong, such as failed lighting or a power outage. Backup lighting running on generator or battery power can be non-existent depending on the location and severity of a fire. How do occupants find their way out when traditional backup methods fail to deliver? This is an important question to answer because you may not have sufficient safety items in place for emergency situations.
Luminous materials are one of the easiest ways to provide the additional evacuation assistance needed. They are reliable in areas filled with heavy smoke and can lead people out in even the darkest corridors. Their dependability comes from having visibility without light or power. More traditional identifiers have relied on some form of power source to be seen. Enhanced products, such as self luminous safety signs, supply dependable identifiers regardless of the surprise elements building occupants might experience.
Safety signs consist of exit door, fire escape, equipment, and stairwell identifiers. When combined with the appropriate Photoluminescent markings, they make an effective egress route for all occupants. In a typical emergency scenario, an alarm will sound, notifying people to exit the structure. The main power might fail, causing backup lighting for signs and corridors to kick on. Lighting may have power supplied from a generator or batteries. If these power sources are for some reason not available, the building will be pitch black, making it impossible for anyone to locate the egress route. By installing self luminous safety signs and markings, your building can be better prepared for an emergency situation.
These identifiers are regulated by fire safety codes, meaning they have specific recommendations for their placement throughout the building. It is important to refer to set guidelines to ensure all items are installed correctly for effectiveness. Fire evacuation markings must be placed in specific locations on or around doors. Height recommendations are required for corridors, as well as guidelines for outlining stairwells. Following them will make certain markings serve its designated purpose.
Glo-Brite supplies multiple signing products to assist in making your building easier to exit. Contact us today to learn more about available products and suggested installation practices.