Photoluminescent Egress Systems Deliver Dependable Emergency Evacuation Path Identification
A properly developed egress plan prevents panic, aids occupants in locating exits, and ensures a faster migration in emergency situations. Each item implemented as part of this plan within a structure has a specific role as an evacuation occurs. Required components for egress safety include:
- Floor and Wall Markings
- Generator or Battery Powered Lighting
- Communication Systems
- Fire Equipment
These items are used to notify occupants of the required structural departure, supply instructions, and provide visual aids as individuals move toward a designated exit point. The World Trade Center Bombing and New York City Blackout caused concern regarding the effectiveness of traditional choices in situations where all power sources failed. Individuals in both situations became trapped in the multi-story buildings because power failure resulted in the loss of visual indicators individuals needed to find their way out. In the case of the World Trade Center bombing, persons occupying the building at the time of the incident became injured. Those involved in the New York City blackout were unharmed; however, they were trapped within the buildings for hours until power was restored. The blackout could have been an extremely dangerous situation had a fire or other type of disaster occurred. Photoluminescent egress system components along each evacuation route in the above situations would have saved lives, resulted in fewer injuries, and prevented large counts of individuals from becoming trapped.
Self-luminous Exit Signs Help Owners Avoid Severe Injuries in a Catastrophe
Self-luminous exit signs are a dependable visual aid because they absorb energy as daily operations take place. When a building becomes dark due to smoke or loss of lighting, these identifiers begin to emit a green glow that can be seen for many hours by each person exiting the structure. Imagine standing in a room as all the lights go out and total darkness sets in. Flipping a light off within a space when it is dark outside provides a good example of what an individual sees as a blackout transpires. Occupants will be lost if self-luminous identifiers have not been placed on or around these items:
- Landing Areas
- Leading Edges of Stairs
By placing photoluminescent egress system components such as markings along the walls and floors leading to a safety point, occupants are supplied a line of sight to the nearest evacuation area. They are able to follow each identifier as lighting starts to diminish. This additional visual aid prevents panic, injury, and supplies individuals with the information they need to quickly leave a structure. Self-luminous exit signs are installed above valid egress points and along corridors to help occupants find their way out. Traditional options like incandescent lighted identifiers rely on a power source to remain visible. Photoluminescent products designed for evacuation purposes eliminate this emergency pitfall and ensure every person has the visual aids necessary to reach a designated location quickly. Local structure safety regulations suggest the installation of this choice to provide the most reliability during an emergency. Any building owner can install photoluminescent identifiers without a large investment or extensive work to promote the possibility of a successful evacuation.