Emergency lighting is designed to illuminate specific areas in the event that a fire causes a power outage. Installing emergency lighting is a pivotal step in ensuring that your property is providing optimum safety measures, adhering to laws and government guidelines. According to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, “Anyone in charge of commercial premises and the common areas of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) responsible for the safety of everyone who works, visits or lives in the building. This duty of care includes the provision of emergency lighting.”
Where Should Emergency Lighting Be Positioned?
As mentioned above, emergency lighting is used to highlight necessary pathways in the event of a fire, but where specifically should emergency lighting be placed. An obvious one would be to illuminate pathways to practical exits. In the event of a fire, knowing which way to go in order to reach the nearest can save valuable time when escaping.
Emergency lighting should also be used to highlight where various items of fire fighting equipment are placed, giving you the opportunity the put out the fire early before it becomes uncontrollable. If the building is fitted with certain security boxes that will need to be accessed in order to leave as quickly as possible, these should also be illuminated.
Different types of Emergency Lighting
There are a number of different types of emergency lighting to choose from when fitting out your property. The most common form of emergency lighting is the use of internal and external emergency bulkhead fittings. These are popular because they are able to operate for three hours without mains power.
LED lighting is becoming increasingly popular with businesses because they are far more energy-saving than most other alternatives. This lighting comes with battery packs that are useful if the main power turns off.
If you enter most commercial buildings in the UK you are likely to see multiple illuminated fire exit signs positioned about various doors across the property. This form of emergency lighting is also highly effective in the event of a power outage.
Maintained and Non-Maintained Emergency Lighting
Emergency lighting can be maintained and non-maintained, and while they both work effectively, there is a key difference between the two. Maintained lighting works as a regular lighting fixture, but switches to a battery-powered output if the main power stops working.
On the other hand, non-maintained emergency lighting only turns on when the main lighting system fails. Both forms of lighting are useful, but you may want to discuss which lighting system would work best for your property with a member of the Matrix team.