Due to health and safety legislation, all buildings in the commercial sector require an emergency escape lighting installation which complies with the relevant standards.
Emergency lighting is a vital way of helping people to escape from the building. It also highlights and identifies fire equipment and permits safety operations.
Emergency lights are self contained units that are wired into the mains, but also have the benefit of battery back-up. These batteries are charged via the mains and can be carried within the body of the individual light or accessed by lights via an independent wired circuit.
Maintained emergency lights remain illuminated and work via the mains, if the mains were to fail the batteries will keep the unit illuminated between 1-3 hours.
Non-maintained emergency lights are not ordinarily illuminated, but should mains power fail will automatically illuminate.
These systems should conform to BS5266, and BS5588.
The requirement for emergency lighting originates from the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and is further enforced by the Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1997 (Amended 1999). The (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaces all previous fire safety legislation.
Failure to comply with the rules would be a breach of law, with the consequence of enforcement or prohibition notices being served.
In the event of a power fail you must ensure the building is evacuated safety and quickly and escape routes and emergency exits need to be illuminated.
A.J. Building Services (NW) Ltd can provide a maintenance contract to maintain all emergency lights within your building and involves 2 visits annually by one of our qualified engineers.
Signage is all part of such a system and A.J. Building Services can also provide signage throughout your building whether they are a type of luminaire or a simple stand alone plastic sign in an area by an emergency light.
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