Emergency exit signs and lights lead people to safety. In times of distress, it’s normal to become disoriented and confused. Fires release toxic fumes, which lead people to panic in emergencies. Emergency lighting creates a path for people to see where they need to go. Most state regulations require emergency exit signs and lighting for businesses that have employees and customers.
Types of Emergency Lighting
- Open Air Lighting: this tends to be used in large areas, such as sports stadiums and arenas. This type of emergency lighting draws power from batteries or generators and guides people toward the exit.
- Exit Sign & Escape Route Lighting: Exit signs indicate where people should exit in an emergency. Lights will point to the signs, such as in movie theaters. Exit signs are usually located closer to the ceiling but can be in different places depending on location.
- High-Risk Lighting: This is powerful lighting used for emergencies. It’s usually found in large manufacturing facilities.
- Battery Back-Up Lighting: This type of lighting is created to withstand power outages. It can be found in places like hospitals and fire stations. The lights will be connected to a generator or batteries that will switch on when the power goes out.
Emergency Light Testing
Emergency lights need to be routinely tested to ensure that they work. If you don’t test your lights, you could end up in a situation where the power goes out and you need to get to the exit, but the emergency lights don’t come on. This would be a really bad situation, and in emergencies, could lead to harsh injuries or death. It’s important to test your emergency lights to ensure that they will function when needed. Make sure you test a minimum of 30 seconds every month and 90 minutes every year. Also, keep logs when you conduct these tests so that you have evidence if you need it.
- Fluorescent: These bulbs have largely been used in the past, and come in different sizes, colors, and shapes. The cheaper bulbs consume more power and are less environmentally friendly
- LED: These bulbs conserve power and should keep your electric bill down. They also can pair with emergency batteries. These are more popular now due to their high-quality look while also being better for the environment
Let Safe-T Fire Protection come inspect your emergency lighting today. Our team is well trained in providing the most thorough, detailed inspections that will guarantee your emergency lighting is working properly.
Do I really need emergency lighting?
Yes. During a fire, emergency lighting will lead people to the exits. During emergencies like this, smoke and chaos can make it difficult to think straight. Emergency lighting is a beacon that leads people out of the building.
Will emergency lights work if the electricity goes out?
All emergency lighting must have some sort of back-up power. This could be batteries, a generator, or another power system. In the case that electricity does fail, the backup power must provide enough light to lead people out of the building.
How long will emergency lighting last?
When activated during an emergency, a good emergency light will last 90 minutes. Emergency light batteries can last up to 5 years. Your emergency lighting system should be inspected annually to determine that the batteries are fully charged.
What is the difference between emergency lighting and exit lights?
Exit lights are the signs that read “EXIT,” while emergency lights illuminate the pathway leading to the exit. Both are required to be installed at your place of business.