Emergency Lighting Maintenance

At Ignis Fire Protection our team work effectively to ensure our clients comply with the correct safety standards, made clear by the Fire Safety Order 2006. This includes emergency lighting maintenance which we supply and maintain from our Birmingham base. Without these lights, occupants of a burning building could lose their lives.

Due to health and safety rules and regulations, emergency lighting is found in the majority of buildings, in particular those which are used on a large scale, by the public. Not only is it a legal requirement in many cases, to have these important lighting systems in large buildings, but they are also vital in times of power outages, to eliminate the chaos which would ensue, if the people who had to evacuate the building had to try to do so in absolute darkness.

Should a fire break out in a building for instance, the lifts should not be operating, which means that the occupants of the building would need to use the stairs to get outside the building and to safety. The emergency lights which are familiar to most people are the green lights which are installed in strategic places such as the stairwells and corridors of large buildings.

These signs used to have the word “Exit” emblazoned on them, but these days, for the purpose of worldwide communication, are now emblazoned with a running man, showing the occupants of the building which way they need to go, to exit the building quickly.

While the fire in the building might cause a cut in the power, the emergency lighting system contains batteries which will activate for in for about 1 to 3 hours (depending on the type of fitting installed), allowing all those inside the building ample time to evacuate in a calm and relaxed manner. Each emergency lighting unit operates independently, so if one should be damaged somehow and not work anymore, the others will stay lit.

The only way that these lights can work efficiently when they are most needed, is if emergency lighting maintenance is completed to the British standards. When emergency lighting maintenance is carried out properly and on a regular basis, the margin of fault is slim, increasing the functionality and reliability.

How emergency lighting maintenance is carried out

As is the case with most other devices, if emergency lights are not properly maintained, they may not function as they will not function as they should when they are most needed. Emergency lighting maintenance should be carried out at least every six months, preferably by a licensed electrical company such as our team at Ignis Fire Protection Services.

All luminaries should be checked, lighting diffusers cleaned, and batteries tested and replaced if necessary. Whilst performing the emergency lighting maintenance in the Midlands area surrounding Birmingham, Ignis will record all findings in a log book, which we will then hand over to you, for your inspection.

It is your responsibility entirely as an employer and/or owner of a building, to make sure that you are providing a safe environment for your employees and anyone else inside your building at the time of an emergency. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that there is adequate emergency lighting installed in your building in the event of a power outage. If you have emergency lighting maintenance done on a regular basis, then you will have peace of mind, knowing that you have done everything in your power, to keep the occupants of your building as safe as possible, should an emergency arise.

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