Emergency lighting is one of the most important systems to put in place to protect your employees and your business. Its primary purpose is to illuminate escape routes, but it is also used to light up signs and other safety equipment.
Automatic Emergency Lighting
All businesses should comply with Fire Safety Regulations.
In the event of a fire, safe and efficient evacuation is paramount. HW Fire and Security provides automatic emergency lighting systems that are fully compliant, ensuring that the emergency exits and escape routes are fully illuminated in the event of a lighting failure.
Keeping your customers and staff safe is a high priority, so in an emergency, we make sure that you have an emergency lighting system that will not fail. Our technicians can install and maintain systems to the highest standards and ensure that they are always in perfect condition.
Emergency Light Servicing and Maintenance
All emergency lighting systems should be tested monthly, by isolating the supply to the lighting circuit to ensure that all lights are fully functioning. This is usually performed by the customer. Our skilled technicians ensure all systems are serviced to BS 5266 at least annually.
During a fire, it is important that you are able to evacuate a building quickly and safely, and a fully functioning emergency lighting system is vital in enabling this. Choose HW Fire and Security for emergency lighting servicing and maintenance that you can trust. Our services are available to business premises’ based in Halesowen and surrounding areas.
It is the law to have emergency routes lit up and illuminated in the case that regular lighting should fail in an emergency. Emergency lighting automatically comes on when the main supply fails, it typically runs on a battery that isn’t connected to the main supply of power. If you are responsible for a building such as an office, shop, warehouse etc you are responsible for ensuring emergency lighting is fitted. Any building that people are employed at or that is accessible to the public, requires emergency lighting.
There are two types of emergency lighting to choose from: the one that contains its own power supply (self-contained or single point) or one that uses a battery source.
Self-contained or Single Point emergency lighting is installed very quickly and is cheaper than alternatives as cables do not need to be run for it. They come with a low maintenance costs, just cleaning and periodic testing is required as general upkeep. Unfortunately, battery life is limited between 2 and 4 years varying on the application, so this is something to take into consideration.
On the other hand, central battery sources they have a longer battery life and routine testing is much easier. They are also environmentally stable meaning they can continue operation in high or low temperatures without it having any affect on the battery source. However, the cost of installation can be pricier than others. Additionally, there is a space requirement to story batteries and charging circuits.
There are priority areas that should definitely have emergency lighting in place. Here are some locations that should have emergency lighting:
- Every exiting doorway. These exit points need to be illuminated in the case of an emergency so that people can exit the building easily should they need to.
- Emergency escape routes. Its vital these paths are illuminated so that in the case of a fire or power outage, the fastest route out of the building can be seen by those trying to escape. These are usually placed as exit signs attached to higher points in a room, they can also be floor lighting that light up an exit route.
- By fire extinguisher equipment.
- Nearby fire alarm/intervention triggers.
The Regulatory reform for fire and safety requires installation of safety and emergency lighting. It states: “emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs and emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity if the case that the normal lighting fails.”
If you were to breach the Regulatory Reform in any way, it’s likely that you will be fined. Its important to have emergency lighting in place for both safety and as a legal requirement.