You probably don’t even notice it most of the time.
But it’s an integral part of any fire safety strategy, and also a legal requirement.
If your building needs to be evacuated, people need to know where to go to exit quickly and safely.
Types of Emergency Lighting
There are two main types of emergency lighting – maintained and non-maintained.
Maintained Emergency Lighting
This is a luminaire in which the emergency lamps are constantly lit. They operate from the mains power supply as a normal light with all the other lights in the area. However, when the power fails the maintained emergency light continues to operate, but at a lower light level using the back-up rechargeable batteries.
Non-Maintained Emergency Lighting
Non-maintained lights are not normally constantly lit. The batteries charge continuously and an indicator light shows when fully charged. Like a maintained light, when the power fails the light switches on. This type uses its battery back-up supply though, not mains power, and should last for a minimum of 3 hours. Non-maintained lights are usually used in buildings where artificial lighting is used when people are in the building. Non-maintained fittings are not part of the normal lighting but are fittings such as emergency exit light boxes.
Location of Emergency Lighting and Signs
Where should your emergency lights go? That’s not for you to worry about. We’ll know where your emergency lights should go from the results of your fire risk assessment.
For a bit of background info for your own curiosity though, BS 5266 states that emergency lights should be installed near the following locations or fire equipment:
Each exit door intended to be used in an emergency
Stairs so that each flight of stairs receives direct light
Change in level
Mandatory emergency exits and safety signs
Change of direction
Intersection of corridors
Outside and near to each final exit
First aid post
Fire alarm call points
Emergency Lighting Servicing
It’s all good and well having emergency lighting installed but bulbs stop working, batteries get old, and dust happens.
You need to have it serviced regularly to make sure your emergency lighting remains in a fully functional condition and works when it’s needed.
We advise you have a service and maintenance contract in place. This will not only provide routine inspections, but also cover emergency repairs and alterations.
Why Triple Star Fire & Security?
We love compliance. We also love making sure people are safe. So, we will work with you to make sure you’re legally compliant, and that everyone can get out safely if the worst happens.
We’re also very choosy about our engineers. We only let those who match our passion for the industry join the Triple Star team. Experience and knowledge counts for a lot, but the commitment to make sure your emergency lighting installation is done properly, and more importantly compliantly, is the key.
Working to BS 5266 standard, we will ensure that your emergency lighting and signage is installed and subsequently maintained to meet legal requirements.