What would happen in an emergency if your lighting failed?
During a fire, with smoke filling an escape route, how would anyone trapped inside your building cope? Emergency lighting is critical for safe evacuation in the event of power loss.
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Why is emergency lighting so important?
Power failure during a fire will affect all your electrical circuits; of these, lighting is the most significant. Internal corridors and stairwells (which are often designated evacuation routes) tend to be illuminated and this is what building inhabitants will be used to. Imagine the same areas without light and possibly filling with smoke – could you guarantee you wouldn’t panic if you were trying to escape?
Let’s summarise the benefits of emergency lighting:
- Meets health and safety obligations
- Self-contained power supply to exit signs even during loss of mains power
- Guide people safely to emergency exits
In any emergency situation, emergency lighting is a lifesaver. It’s also a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
What are my legal duties regarding emergency lighting?
As the responsible person, you must provide an emergency lighting system for people attempting to leave a building during an emergency. This is one of your statutory duties. If you fail to fulfil this duty, be prepared for the consequences: a hefty fine or prison sentence.
The legal requirement states, ‘Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case the lighting fails.’ The system you choose should tick all these boxes: be visually acceptable, easy to operate and simple to maintain.
Don’t let this worry you. At the Silver Group, we’re proud of our commitment to helping customers get this right. We frequently go well beyond the legal requirements, planning the installation piece by piece to suit your premises. This may include additional features such as adding emergency lights to the fuse board, allowing you easy access to your electrical systems during a mains power failure.
What’s involved in the design and installation process?
If you have a fire risk assessment, the assessor will have identified your fire risk and how this can be mitigated using emergency lighting. We’ll do a site visit to check that we agree with this assessment. Following the site visit, our report will include details of which areas need cover, what power supply will be used (in the event of a mains failure) and how the system will operate.
Building usage plays a large part in this decision-making process and will generally determine what kind of system you need. Some premises (such as theatres, clubs and cinemas) use a system which is permanently on (known as ‘maintained’). When the main lights are dimmed, emergency lights stay lit and fire exit signs are clearly illuminated.
For many other business premises, this isn’t necessary and a non-maintained system would be appropriate; emergency lamps would only come on when the main power supply fails.
How do you decide which power source to use? The two main options are self-contained and central battery operated. In choosing which is preferable, there are a number of considerations including budget and longevity. You might want to take advantage of LED emergency lighting, available with up to five years operational life. This provides an attractive cost-effective solution for premises where it is suitable.
And before making a final decision, you must review everything from a design and technical perspective. We can discuss all this with you, and more, during our site visit.
Do you integrate emergency lighting with other systems?
Of course – integration is our middle name! As with all our fire safety and security systems, we can offer full integration; in this situation, integrating your emergency lighting with other systems. This streamlines the process for you, one supplier, one point of contact, one contract. Simple and pain-free.
Already have a system in place? No problem. We’re happy to review your existing emergency lighting, upgrade it if necessary and maintain it to ensure it continues to protect you in the future.
We can also offer you a review of all your fire and security systems; we check and test how they integrate which has an impact on your overall safety and security. Our expert technicians are trained according to current industry best practice.
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