Emergency lighting can be the difference between life and death.
So, it makes sense that you would want to maintain equipment which is so important.
Emergency Lighting – Maintenance Enquiry
How often should I have my emergency lighting serviced?
In the event of power failure due to fire or other emergency, anyone still inside your building may need assistance to make a safe exit. A sudden loss of light in an already compromised situation can create panic and confusion. It can also create physical danger where obstacles cannot be seen. This is when emergency lighting makes all the difference, literally between life and death.
Servicing your emergency lighting protects its ability to perform at a moment’s notice, when really needed. But how often should this be done?
The law states that you should test your emergency lighting ‘at regular intervals’ but what that means is not clearly stated. This is for good reason – as with many matters related to fire safety, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to any problem. All buildings are different and therefore, they all have different requirements. A large, complex emergency lighting design may need servicing at six-monthly intervals, while a smaller, simpler layout will require less attention.
Regardless, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that you must at a bare minimum, fully test your emergency system once a year. In addition, it asks that you perform a ‘flick test’ once a month. As it sounds, a flick test involves you creating a momentary loss of power to assess how your emergency lighting performs. Ideally, your back-up lights should spring into action as designed. If they don’t, the flick test is a warning that further investigation may be needed.
Sounds confusing? Don’t worry. We can arrange a site visit and advise you of a service routine that’s suitable for you, ensuring you are legally compliant at all times.
What’s involved in servicing my emergency lighting?
When we service your emergency lighting, we’ll create a simulated environment, imitating one that may occur during a real emergency. This usually involves turning off the mains power and carrying out a discharge test to see how long the lights will operate during a power failure. Any which don’t perform as expected are inspected, batteries changed and in some cases, the lights themselves are fully replaced.
During a service visit, our technicians will also review your emergency lighting system as a whole, to check that there is adequate coverage throughout the premises. It’s not uncommon to find areas that have been missed and which require remedial attention.
What if my emergency lighting suddenly fails?
Hopefully, this will be detected during a scheduled service visit, or a flick test. If that’s not the case, providing you have a maintenance contract with us, we can provide you with a call-out service, which is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES YOU MAY REQUIRE
FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT
It’s never too late to take care of your fire risk assessment. Without one, you are vulnerable to business disruption or worse still, prosecution, if a fire on your premises breaks out.
Emergency lighting installation
Essential for successful evacuations, we design and install emergency lighting tailored to your needs. If emergency strikes, you can rest assured that our lights will guide the way to safety.
Fire Alarm installation
Fire alarm installation protects you and others from the serious risk of smoke and fire. With years of experience on our side, we can expertly guide you through the process.
Smoke Ventilation installation
Smoke is the largest cause of death in fire-related events. Installing a smoke ventilation system means you can fight fire from the outset, often before it’s detected by alarms or humans.
Want to know more about Emergency Lighting?
For a greater understanding about emergency lighting and why you must have it and act on it for your business, take a look at our blog.
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