Before you replace your buildings old safety signs with more non-luminous signs, you should consider the increased egress safety that comes with implementing luminous signs. Although non-luminous signs work fine during regular visibility, during fire evacuations they pose the risk of building occupants not being able to locate building exits, which could signal fatalities. Long practiced by safety conscious building owners across the U.S., the implementation luminous signs that indicate critical egress elements can also prevent building owners from experiencing lawsuits that result from botched evacuations.
Leading the world in the latest fire safety measures, the International Fire Code (IFC) is the best source for applying safety signs in commercial and residential R1 buildings. Emergency exit symbols—also known as running man signs—and floor identification signs are two examples of luminous safety signs required by the IFC within the vertical exit enclosures and exit passageways of both existing and newly constructed commercial and residential R1 buildings that contain occupancy above 75 feet from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. Not including building owners in eight states that have yet to adopt a version of the IFC, commercial and residential R1 building owners across the U.S. are required to apply IFC emergency egress guidelines.
This means that, even if you own a building in a state that hasn’t adopted a version of the IFC, it’s important to implement its egress guidelines. In order to do so, building owners need only purchase photoluminescent tape and signage and apply them according to the codes’ easy to understand guidelines. Not all buildings experience emergency evacuations, but planning for one is crucial to the safety of both building occupants and building owners. Even if your building feels safe, it’s important take extra measures and make it as safe as possible; by doing so, you’ll be protecting the lives of your building occupants and your finances at the same time.