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Emergency Lighting

Under the Fire Safety Order the person responsible for a premises must ensure that there is adequate emergency lighting installed throughout all buildings.

The law requires that emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case the main lighting fails. The system must also be maintained in accordance with the relevant British Standards.

Fire SystemsOur team of fire safety consultants are experienced in the survey and design of systems to suit any application. Emergency lighting is normally required to operate fully automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable persons of all ages to evacuate the premises safely. Most new buildings now have emergency lighting installed during construction, the design and type of equipment is normally specified by the Building Regulations.

The British Standard provides the emergency lighting designer with guide lines which form the general basis for the designer to work to. British Standard BS 5266: Part 1: 2011 includes in its scope 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 premise it should be remembered that the standards are minimum safe standards for the types of premises and that a higher standard may be needed for a particular installation.

What is Emergency lighting? - Lighting provided for use when the supply to the normal lighting fail. Emergency Lighting is a general term and is divided into emergency escape lighting and standby lighting.

Emergency escape lighting – that part of emergency lighting that provides illumination for the safety of people leaving a location or attempting to terminate a potentially dangerous process before doing so.

Standby lighting – That part of emergency lighting is provided to enable normal activities to continue substantially unchanged. This article does not include standby lighting as it is not a legal requirement and is a facility that the employer may or may not require.

We are also experienced in the ongoing maintenance and support for your building's emergency lighting system, both new and existing systems can be tested for correct operation and a maintenance package tailored to ensure that the system operates as it should.

To speak to a fire safety expert regarding emergency lighting installation and maintenance please contact our office.


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