During a power outage, fire, or any other emergency, you will definitely want your emergency lighting to function properly. In most cases, the standard timeframe to keep the emergency lighting working is approximately 90 minutes. Your lights and signs should be able to illuminate the way for people to evacuate the building and the premises in a safe and orderly manner. At ASCO Fire, we specialize in emergency lighting solutions. We can inspect, test, and maintain your emergency signs and lighting with exceptional ease.
What is Emergency Lighting?
Emergency lighting can be battery operated or permanently mounted. Most units are tied into the building’s power grid. This allows the emergency lights and signs to draw power from the grid and ensure that the battery is fully charged. If a blackout occurs, the light automatically turns on. It provides just enough light for people to evacuate the facility. Here is a quick look at the common areas that require emergency lighting:
- Near equipment that cannot be left operational in an emergency
- Fire alarm call points
- Fire-fighting equipment
- Windowless rooms
- Changes in floor level
- Emergency escape signs
- Each final exit (outside)
- Corridor intersections
- Escape routes
- Exit doors
You do not have to install individual lights for each item mentioned above. The overall level of light should make these areas usable and visible.
Every business needs to abide by certain regulations and codes set by the local, state and federal government. The International Building Code (IBC) sets most standards for commercial buildings.
Benefits of Emergency Lighting
Fires can cause blackouts. Emergency lighting provides a constant source of light. This makes it safe for individuals within the premises to evacuate safely in case of an unexpected fire. Businesses can avoid major financial losses as they will have more time to sort out situations (e.g. certain machinery need to be switched off if left unattended) when there is sudden loss of power.