Emergency exits are included as part of building construction to provide occupants a faster egress route during a fire or other type of critical situation. These evacuation points also serve as an alternative option when the nearest egress point is blocked. The International Fire Code, or IFC, is a set of regulations created by the International Code Council to provide a set of guidelines regarding precautionary steps within new or existing structures.
Your building must have specific items in place to be compliant with these codes. Failure to comply can lead to large fines as well as your building being shut down until compliance is verified. Fire evacuation regulations require signs to be posted at exit doors, by equipment, and to denote the direction to the nearest egress location. You can install either a combination of non-luminous and lighted signing or elect to put photoluminescent identifiers in place. Both are compliant with regulations, but luminous products are less likely to be affected by IFC changes. Photoluminescent signage offers significant energy savings and improved reliability over all other alternatives.
Why Are Fire Safety Signs Essential for Buildings?
Fire safety signs assist occupants with finding both equipment and exit locations. They are also highly beneficial to emergency personnel because they can help them maneuver through the structure and with finding standpipe or hose areas. Here are a few identification items you may need to install within your structure:
• Directional Indicators
• Exit Identifiers
• Use Stairways (in case of fire)
• Equipment Signage
• Exterior Areas for Assisted Rescue
• Areas of Refuge
• Alarm Activators
These signs provide vital information when a fire begins to consume your building. An occupant may be able to locate an extinguisher before it gets out of control. Every second counts when a fire occurs and can be the difference between life and death. Failed lighting or thick smoke can drastically reduce visibility, cause disorientation, and lead to injury.
Lighted exit signs are not as effective during a fire while non-luminous signing cannot be seen at all. By installing photoluminescent fire safety signs throughout your building, you can provide a safer emergency environment to all occupants. Typical fire conditions do not decrease luminous identifier visibility, making them more reliable under any type of circumstances.
During an emergency, electricity can fail leaving your predominant backup systems useless to occupants. GloBrite luminous products do not require electricity to be seen and are available at all times. These signs meet all IFC regulations as well as have a longer life than other types of signing. You can install them in a very minimal amount of time without any additional cost. Once installed, they last for up to twenty-five years and cost very little to replace.
Your main building investment will be the cost required to purchase each needed sign. As a building owner, it is imperative to ensure everyone entering your structure has the necessary information to evacuate safely. Fire evacuation regulations were put in place to help owners provide building safety information. Call us today to learn how our products can help you save money, meet compliance standards, and provide occupants the dependability needed in an emergency.