Photoluminescent Egress Path Markings: How Do They Help Occupants in an Emergency?

Photoluminescent demarcation lines were commonly placed on planes, ships, or other modes of transportation to compensate for power outages. Today, self-luminous egress safety products are being placed in buildings to provide additional visibility when lighting is at a minimum or not present at all. Path markings do not light up an entire area but instead provide an outline individuals may use to remain oriented as they identify their exit route. Their glow provides enough guidance for a person to locate doors along a specific corridor, avoid obstacles, and make their way down stairs in complete darkness. Evacuation signs are easy to install and help reinforce already defined emergency exit routes.

Self Luminous Evacuation Signs: An Indispensable Building Egress Item

Luminous pigments allow each sign or marking you install to absorb surrounding light. The absorption process is commonly called “charging” and occurs as long as light is present. This stored energy may be released as glowing light when an area becomes dark. It is important to know both the brightness and length of light production before purchasing these signs or markings for your building. Pigment concentration, charging source intensity, charge time, and type of lighting are also contributing performance factors. A fully charged sign or marked area can provide brightness for a minimum of eight hours; however, visibility will become less as each hour passes. Your building should be signed effectively so occupants are able to exit within ninety minutes of the event to ensure the utmost safety.

Self luminous evacuation signs work without any human intervention, meaning they are available any time an emergency takes place. Your building most likely has many backup systems including lighting and alarms. They either run off of battery power or a generator but may not always perform due to various factors. Lack of maintenance is a typical cause for backup system failure. By installing luminous signing or markings throughout your building, you supply a reliable secondary visibility source to compensate for the unexpected. If lighting fails, occupants can still locate each exit in your building without being injured. Thick smoke is another visibility inhibitor which often affects lighted areas but does not decrease anyone’s ability to see photoluminescent items.

Markings are equally important because they outline specific areas such as stairwells or corridors in your building. This light glow prevents people from tripping over obstacles and running into walls. Building code guidelines require these strips to be installed in various areas continuously to provide an easy to follow route. Photoluminescent egress path markings on floors or walls denote landing areas, obstacles, exits, handrails, door hardware, and stairs. Your particular state may not require these markings, leaving it as a decision to the owner; however, they greatly increase the chances of a safe evacuation in low visibility situations. GloBrite offers all the materials you need to properly sign and mark any area. Our products are cost effective, dependable, and require very little maintenance once installed. Visit our website today to learn about the many building safety products we can supply for your building.

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