We typically take emergency exit signs and emergency lighting for granted. However, that doesn't take away from how important they are in a commercial building.
As with other emergency devices and equipment, we hope we never have to use them. Still, it's vital to have them and to know that they are there when we need to.
The sole purpose of emergency exit signs and emergency lighting is to illuminate the part within a building that leads occupants to the exit. This feature ensures that people can safely tell which ways and doors to choose to go through when they’re trying to evacuate their individual spaces and the entire building.
Building owners and property managers know the massive importance of emergency exit signs and emergency lighting. However, not very many are familiar with where these fire safety devices should be placed.
If you’re in the middle of a new construction project or you’re making significant updates to the inside of your commercial building, it’s essential to follow the guidelines regarding emergency exit signs and emergency lighting placement and installation.
The following are the regulatory bodies that have established the codes and guidelines regarding exit signs and emergency lighting.
The codes from these organizations oversee the installation, testing, inspection, and maintenance of emergency lighting and exit signs.
In addition to these national regulations, there are also statewide and local requirements that govern individual jurisdictions. New York City, for instance, has its own emergency signs and emergency lighting regulations.
If you’re not familiar with the state and local requirements within your jurisdiction, it’s best to reach out to a fire safety inspector or your local fire marshal.
When determining the installation of these fire safety devices, keep the following in mind:
Emergency lights must installed appropriately to light the walkway. Proper aiming must be considered.
Light bulbs that are not rightly aimed fail to meet the codes – even when they are installed in the correct areas.
When placing exit signs within your building, remember the following important guidelines:
Aside from knowing the proper locations of emergency signs and lighting, building owners and property managers must also schedule a yearly lighting inspection.
This ensures that all the lights within the facilities are up to code. If there are any repairs needed, a regular inspection will reveal them.