To enable people to see their way out a building safely when the normal lighting fails, emergency lighting allows a safe exit should mains power fail. Current legislation requires all occupied commercial buildings to have adequate escape lighting. This is normally required to operate automatically and must give illumination of a minimum of one lux during an emergency evacuation.
BusinessWatch can install and maintain the emergency lighting in your building, ensuring that in an emergency your staff and visitors can safely find their way out of the building. All installation and testing are carried out by highly qualified engineers to the standards required by BS 5266, giving you the peace of mind that the lighting in your building is maintained to the highest possible standards. All works are fully certificated.
Why are emergency lights provided? As a minimum, BS 5266 requires that emergency lights are provided in the following locations:
Emergency lighting products are divided into two categories:- emergency escape lighting and standby lighting.
This is the part of an emergency lighting system that provides illumination specifically for the safety of people leaving a building. It is a requirement to have emergency escape lighting installed in a building under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
This is part of an emergency lighting system that enables normal everyday activities to continue substantially unchanged. Standby lighting is not legally required. It may or may not be needed, depending on the activities that occur within and the occupancy of a building.
Emergency Escape Lighting is also subdivided into 3 types:- escape route lighting, open area lighting and high-risk task area lighting.
As it suggests, this is the part of an emergency lighting system that ensures the means of escape can be quickly and easily identified and used safely by the building occupants.
This part of an emergency lighting system is designed to minimise panic during an emergency. It is set to provide sufficient light to allow people within a building to locate and reach the nearest escape route safely.
This is the part of an emergency lighting system that provides lighting in a situation where people may be at risk. If there are dangerous processes taking place on business premises – for example, that involve the usage of machinery or chemicals – then this illumination allows for proper shutdown procedures of machinery or processes to take place before evacuation.
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