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Emergency lighting installation is one of the most important parts of any fire safety system. Emergency lights are lights which remain on even when the mains power supply is cut during an emergency situation. If a fire occurs, the power may be cut automatically. Without emergency lighting, the sudden loss of light can be dangerous for the occupants; especially during a stressful, panicky situation.
Emergency lighting must be able to operate completely automatically, to ensure that it provides light for the safe evacuation of a building. Fire exit signs, emergency signs and fire safety signs should all remain illuminated as part of an emergency lighting installation. There are clear guidelines that the emergency lighting designer must obey, regulated by BS 5266-1: 2011 depending on the type and size of the building.
Here at EK Fire Protection, we are intimately familiar with all of the relevant regulations and standards when it comes to emergency lighting installation. If you require services from professionals to ensure that your building is compliant with all fire safety law, look no further.
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.
Ensure you are adequately covered, contact us for free no obligation advice.