What’s the Best Fire Evacuation Sign for Commercial Buildings?

If you own or manage a commercial building and need to equip it with fire evacuation signs, it’s important to understand the highest level of egress safety results not from implementing a single kind of fire evacuation sign, but from implementing at least two  signs according to the International Fire Code (IFC), which regulates egress safety in commercial and residential R1 buildings that contain occupancy above 75 feet from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access: luminescent emergency exit symbols and floor identification signs.

Implementing a General Luminescent Fire Evacuation Sign First

Emergency exit symbols and floor identification signs are implemented within vertical exit enclosures, making it necessary to implement at least one type of luminescent fire evacuation sign that directs evacuees to vertical exit enclosures. The sign(s), for which OSHA signs are ideal, should be implemented building wide. Once evacuees are able to reach exit enclosures with ease, emergency exit symbols and floor identification signs will guide them through the rest of their evacuation.

Floor identification signs are mounted at each floor landing within vertical exit enclosures and contain the following information: the identification of the stair or ramp; the identification of floor levels in characters and Braille; The terminus of the top and bottom of the enclosure; and the story of and direction toward the building’s exit. The signs should be mounted at five feet above the floor landing in a position that’s visible when doors are in the open or closed position. Also known as running man signs, emergency exit symbols are centered horizontally on exit leading doors with their top rising not more than 18 inches above the finished floor.

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