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What Emergency Lighting Do I Need?

If you own a commercial property or business, chances are that you’ll already be familiar with the important health and safety regulations that are required by law. These measures are vital to protect the safety of all occupants and employees in a building, and they include things like fire safety, first aid training and emergency lighting.

You might not think it’s as important as fire extinguishers or a first aid kit, but emergency lighting is an essential element for any business. If you’ve been thinking about reviewing your health and safety measures, or want to know more about how to choose the right emergency lighting, read on for our brief guide.

What is emergency lighting?

An emergency light is a battery powered device that switches on automatically in the event of a building power outage. Most of us will recognise the familiar green and white colour scheme of the lights and they’re placed to guide people out of a building in an emergency or to indicate safe exit points.

Emergency lighting can be used in open areas, above exits (or to indicate an escape route) or in stairwells, and there may be different legal requirements depending on where the lights are positioned and their purpose.

The legal bit

Current UK law states that all occupied buildings must be fitted with adequate emergency lighting so that occupants can find a safe exit point during a power cut, fire or other emergency. Building owners are also required to regularly test and maintain their emergency lighting systems to make sure that everything is in good working order (in accordance with the Fire Precautions Regulations 1997 & BS5266 part 1 for the workplace).

Which type do you need?

Emergency lighting comes in several different types, but two of the most common are the ‘maintained’ and ‘non-maintained’ varieties. Maintained emergency lights are connected and controlled with other lights in the system, but they will continue to function at a lower level if the other lights fail. This type is highly efficient, but as the name suggests, they will require regular maintenance.

Non-maintained lights rely on battery power, which switches on if there’s a general power cut. These lights are often used as emergency exit signs, or you could select combined emergency lights, which use two or more lights powered by both the main supply and emergency backup measures.

If you’re unsure about which type of emergency lighting is right for your business, get in touch with the team at E K Fire Protection. Our experts can advise you on the different types of emergency lighting (including escape and route lighting) and our qualified engineers are on hand to carry out regular maintenance too. For more information or to discuss your requirements, give us a call today or visit our website.

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