Photoluminescent safety identifiers are becoming a standard in building code requirements. Reliable visibility is the main cause for their widespread acceptance as effective exit path products. Markings inform individuals occupying your building of exit, stairwell, and hallway dimensions. Both the International Building Code and the International Fire Code guidelines currently require Photoluminescent exit path markings. They must be positioned for easy identification of steps, handrails, and landing areas.
You can install these items to improve evacuation timeliness. They also provide increased physical safety protection to each person evacuating the building. Power is not an obstacle because these environmentally safe products absorb it from lighting used in the building every day. When a critical situation occurs, they provide consistent visibility. This safety measure requires little preservation and can be an active part of your emergency setup for up to twenty-five years before replacement is needed.
Fire Safety Signs: Luminous Materials Improve Indicator Reliability
Markings for stairs consist of a solid continuous, one to two-inch stripe that must be placed on each step’s leading edge. This stripe cannot overlap or be more than half an inch from its edge. Leading edge landings must also be marked with the same type of stripe. These markings should cover handrail tops and curve around the wall in conjunction with the bend of the rail. These safety components offer the same benefits regardless of the type of building, and are an excellent choice for ensuring better occupant safety. Luminous fire safety signs can be installed along with path markings to provide additional evacuation assistance.
Fire indicators supply critical information occupants can use to reach safety, including where to locate specific equipment. An occupant can find an extinguisher during a small fire by using the installed fire safety signs. These identifiers are different from exit symbols or floor signs because they do far more than lead people out of the building. Standpipe unit, extinguisher, hose, area of refuge, and push-to-exit indicators are all indicator examples.
You have a choice to install photoluminescent or non-luminous indicators in a building. Traditionally, many owners decided to implement non-luminous indicators because the cost was lower and they meet the local building codes. Thick smoke makes these markers difficult to see, whereas those made with luminous materials can be seen under any fire conditions.
Photoluminescent exit path markings and signs may not necessarily be a code requirement for your area; however, they are a more dependable choice for any emergency situation. Reduced maintenance makes the additional cost easy to make up over a short period of time. These safety products have a greater chance of getting people to safety in the worst possible fire conditions. By deciding to install them over less effective products, you reduce the risk of injury lawsuits that might occur due to reduced visibility within the building.
Glo-Brite has many products to match the individual needs of your building. They are cost effective, reliable, and can save lives during a critical evacuation. You can view our website to see all available products or contact one of our representatives to learn more about photoluminescent safety indicators.