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Emergency lighting is lighting for an emergency situation when the main power supply is cut and any normal illumination fails. The loss of mains electricity could be the result of a fire or a power cut and the normal lighting supplies fail. This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to the occupants, either through physical danger or panic.
Emergency lighting is normally required to operate fully automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely.
The British Standard provides the emergency lighting designer with clear guidelines to work to. BS 5266-1: 2011 embraces residential hotels, clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges, licensed premises, offices, museums, shops, multi-storey dwellings, etc. Although this standard recommends the types and durations of emergency lighting systems relating to each category of premises, it should be remembered that the standards are the minimum safe standards for these types of building and that a higher standard may be required for a particular installation.
What is emergency lighting?
Lighting that automatically comes on when the power supply to the normal lighting provision fails.
Emergency escape lighting – that part of an emergency lighting system that provides illumination for the safety of people leaving a location or attempting to terminate a potentially dangerous process beforehand. It is part of the fire safety provision of a building and a requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Escape route lighting – that part of an emergency escape lighting system provided to ensure that the means of escape can be effectively identified and safely used by occupants of the building.
What’s involved during the service
One of our qualified engineers will visit your premises twice a year to test the emergency lighting. One service will be an hour test and the second service will be 3 hours, adhering to the British standard. To conduct this test, our engineer will implement a mains power failure on your normal lighting which will initiate your emergency lighting system through a battery supply. It usually involves one single switch cutting out the building’s power and then the tester must check the entire building. Once power is restored, the tester must re-check the entire building’s system again. There is also an automatic test but this is only applicable if you have self-testing emergency lighting installed.
During lighting inspection and test of emergency lighting our engineers will check that your lighting meets the standard. All findings at any stage of testing will always be reported back to you and recorded appropriately in your Alarm and Emergency lighting log-book which is a requirement in the emergency lighting Code Of Practice.
We provide fire safety solutions that are tailored to the needs of your business whether big or small. Our bespoke packages ensure you maximise your budget to receive the right amount of training, support and provision of equipment for your facility. Following an initial visit on site, we will prepare a custom proposal for your needs, recommending the solutions that are right for you.
Responsibility for complying with the Fire Safety Order rests with the 'responsible person'. If you are the responsible person you will have to carry out a fire risk assessment which must focus on the safety in case of fire of all ‘relevant persons’. It should pay particular attention to those at special risk, such as disabled people and those with special needs, and must include consideration of any dangerous substances likely to be on the premises.
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