Emergency Exit Lights and signs are a requirement in just about every business setting in Australia and in just about every size room. They are an essential safety feature that has been required to help those who are inside the building if a fire was to occur and the lights went out in the building, making it impossible to see where to go to exit the building.
The lighting does have to meet certain building codes and regulations to ensure it’s installed where it can easily be seen in a fire and will need to be maintained regularly to ensure it’s working properly.
Why Are Exit Lights Important?
When a fire breaks out in a building, the lights will often go out and the smoke can fill the room, making it difficult or impossible to see even during the day with the sun shining in the windows. If it’s night time or dark outside because of the weather, people can easily become trapped in a dark building and die because they cannot see to get out and away from the fire. Emergency Exit Lights prevent this as they stay lit even when the electricity goes out and helps guide anyone in the building to a safe exit.
Building Code and Regulations
Essentially, Emergency Lights will need to be installed in all enclosed spaces including stairwells and hallways that are longer than six metres. Rooms smaller than 100 square metres that were built before the first of July in 1994 may not require exit lights, but it’s still a good idea to have them installed anyway.
The exit lights can be ones that remain on all of the time or they can be ones that instead only come on when the electricity goes out. Doors that are part of the pathway to a required exit must also have an emergency sign above them to help people easily find the way out of the building when the lights have gone out.
These signs must also be able to be operational when the electricity is off for the entire building so they can still be easily seen. They should also feature an image of a person running and a directional sign to comply with the most recent guidelines instead of simply using the word “Exit.”
What Should be Done for Maintenance
Once the Emergency Exit Lights and signs are installed, maintenance is essential to ensure they continue to work properly. The business should have the lights and signs inspected every six months to comply with Australian Standards 2293.2. They will want the inspection to be done by a professional to ensure the lights are going to illuminate if the power is off and be easily seen by those who are trying to get out of a building in the event of a fire.
The professional can also test the batteries or another alternative power source for the emergency signs to ensure they will be illuminated in the event of a power outage to ensure every person in the building can find the exit quickly and safely.
Emergency lights and signs are an essential part of a business’s safety plan and can be the difference between employees and customers being trapped in a building during a fire or being able to safely make it out of the building. They should be considered a part of the fire safety plan for the building and should be kept in working condition at all times in case an emergency occurs.
If your building is not up to standards or you would like to get advice on installing, improving or maintaining your emergency lighting, you will want to speak with an expert immediately. Contact us today for advice and installation of Emergency Exit Signs in your South Queensland Business.