Emergency Exit Lighting to comply with British Standards
Emergency exit lighting systems are required to by business law, in the event of a major power outage, operate automatically and illuminate at a high enough level to ensure all people in the building can evacuate safely.
Most new buildings will have emergency lighting installed during construction, and the design of these systems and the type of equipment used will be specified by the architect in accordance with Building Regulations and local authority requirements.
We retrofit these types of lighting systems into existing premises too; if you’ve recently had a fire safety risk assessment, or need to organise one, we can help.
Be assured that with Unique your emergency exit lighting:
- Is installed as a result of a thorough fire safety risk assessment
- Complies with current standards for emergency lighting installation
- Complies with current standards for emergency lighting products
- Complies with current standards for emergency lighting servicing
If you’d like to discuss your requirements, speak to one of our fire and security experts today on 01202 743231. For some light reading, The Fire Safety Order 2005 specifies UK business requirements for emergency lighting systems, but don’t worry if you haven’t got time, it’s our job to know this inside out.
Maintenance & Repair
Regular system servicing must take place to comply
To comply with current UK business safety regulation, emergency exit lighting systems will need a regular service agreement in place to ensure thorough testing is complete each year, and so illumination will activate in the event of a power outage. Often, emergency exit lights aren’t always maintained well each year, so often get damaged, leak water, or wire failure occurs. We’re experienced in emergency exit light repair for our customers in Dorset and surrounding areas – get in touch today.
Here at Unique, we have the knowledge and experience to answer any questions you may have, we’ll always give impartial advice and provide you with a full design, installation and maintenance service agreement ensuring all the relevant legal requirements for emergency lighting is accurately covered.
Click through to Emergency Lighting Maintenance for more info on servicing.
Two main types of emergency exit lighting systems
- Standby lighting
For businesses where, irrespective of a mains power failure, work must continue and normal activities resume. It isn’t often part of our emergency lighting system installs, isn’t required by law, and is totally dependent on the needs of the business.
- Emergency escape lighting
To provide illumination for the safety of people leaving the premises or to attempt to stop a potentially dangerous work activity before evacuating. It’s a part of the fire safety provision of a building and a requirement of the Fire Safety Order 2005.
Emergency escape lighting is divided into three categories:
- Escape route lighting
To ensure that a means of escape can be effectively identified and safely used by those in the building at the time of a major power outage.
- Open area lighting (also known as anti-panic lighting)
To minimise panic and ensure there’s sufficient illumination allowing those in the building to reach a place where an escape route can be identified.
- High-risk task-area lighting
For the safety of those involved in a potentially dangerous work activity or situation, and so that shut-down procedures, for the safety of the workforce and other people in the building, can be complete.