Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is a legal requirement for all commercial and public buildings following risk assessments. This system is composed of devices that provide lighting when regular lighting has stopped working due to either faults or an emergency.

Emergency lights are self contained units that are wired into the mains, but have the benefit of battery backup. There are different types of lights that you can have installed in your commercial building. These are normally split into either standby lighting or emergency escape lighting.

In the event of failure of normal lighting supply, standby lighting will illuminate different areas to enable activities to be carried out as normal. Emergency escape lights, however, are there to lead people to safety during an emergency, such as fire or natural disasters.

There are three types of emergency lighting:

Escape route lighting, which light up emergency exits, such as doors, stairs and halls, during an evacuation. Escape lighting can also lead staff to areas where there may be fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment; Open area lighting, also known as anti-panic lighting, helps light up large spaces within the building to keep individuals calm and lead them safely to emergency exits; High-risk area task lighting, which should be strategically placed within areas where risky activities take place in the building.

Emergency lighting must comply with the British Standard 5266 Emergency Lighting code of conduct. This code advises business owners to have suitable and sufficient emergency lighting across their premises and any room where employees may be at risk when regular lights fail emergency lighting needs to be provided.

Tindall Security is a NSI Gold accredited for Fire, Security and CCTV and can install and maintain emergency lighting across your property according to all British Standards.

Emergency lighting needs to be strategically placed in order to allow effective evacuation in case of an emergency. Therefore, areas that offer higher risks in these circumstances should be prioritised when installing emergency lighting, such as stairs and escalators, rooms with uneven flooring, exit doors, near fire alarms and extinguishers, windowless rooms and areas with heavy machinery.

All businesses must have emergency lighting in order to be considered safe for individuals to work in. In addition, businesses must also ensure that all equipment is regularly checked and their working condition assessed. This is why all equipment installed by Tindall Security is accompanied by a maintenance contract that allows us to periodically test all emergency lighting and assess their functionality.

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