An emergency light installation service is responsible for installing emergency lights in most buildings. For businesses, these lights are included in the Fire Risk Management Plan. This plan mainly covers the need for signaling pathways in case of a power outage with the help of emergency lights. Some residential homes may also need emergency lights. This can be discussed with a specialized installation service, but the bottom line is that if the premises are small, they may have enough natural light not to need emergency lights installation.
Emergency lights are now installed on most new commercial or public buildings. Two main categories of emergency lights can be installed. Emergency escape lighting represents a legal requirement while standby lighting is not required and it is up to the property’s owners to decide if they are installed. Emergency lights are installed in key locations around the building. Escape routes are marked with the lights. Exit routes can include regular doors or fire doors which guide the residents towards the nearest exit. Other emergency lights are installed in open areas. Their main purpose is to avoid complete darkness in the case of a power outage, which can create panic and which may bring distress to residents escaping the building. A special type of emergency lighting is used in high-risk areas. In this situation, those who are working with potentially dangerous machinery, for example, can stop their activity safely guided by these lights.
Unlike most people think, legal requirements for most emergency lights are not hard to abide by. Even for the most complex buildings, emergency lights should signal the shortest pathway, which is also direct and not obstructed for the residents to leave the building. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions. But for example, open areas of a building should have at least 1 lux to ensure there is sufficient light to avoid confusion or even panic. Most new buildings are now required to have some type of emergency lighting. In these buildings, the emergency lights are installed during the final constructions stages. The architect of the building can be responsible for designing a schema for these lights but the project should collaborate with Fire Risk Management experts to install the lighting. An emergency light installation service can work with other third-party contractors on a new development.
In older buildings, emergency lights might not be installed as they were not required by the local or national regulation at the time of construction. Residents of these buildings are exposing themselves to unnecessary risks. In this case, an emergency light installation service can work with the owners of the building to create a plan for all the emergency lights and their best locations for the nearest and most accessible exit locations. But old buildings might also need a reassessment when they change owners if their emergency lights don’t seem up to standard. In this situation, it is still recommended to contact a specialized service which can make an assessment of the situation. A fire risk assessor or a licensed electrician can look at the situation. Both professionals should be able to tell if the lights are installed according to regulation or if they need to be updated. Emergency light installation services can provide a simple and efficient method of ensuring residents can get out the building safely in case of a fire or in case of a power outage. The lights are now a legal requirement in most municipalities for public buildings and they can be needed in some residential buildings where there is no sufficient natural light.