Does your business need exit and emergency lighting?
Not only they are mandatory but they also help employees and customers find a safe way out of the building. So remember that in case of fire, power outage or other unfortunate events, these lights can actually save your life! Read about the highlights of exit and emergency lighting in this week’s blog.
Exit and emergency lighting evolution
Initially, exit and emergency signs were a metal structure with an incandescent bulb lighting them. They had “EXIT” written in green or red in front of a single-bulb light fixture and a glass cover. However, the main downside with these designs was that, in case of emergency, the power generating the light often failed. Furthermore, the fixtures were difficult to see in a fire where smoke often reduced visibility. Plus, the exit sign was hardly distinguishable from an ordinary safety lighting fixture commonly installed above doors.
Over time, manufacturers have developed better designs, with an incandescent bulb lighting the word “EXIT” on one or both sides. However, the sign was only useful as long as mains power remained on.
Nowadays, modern systems are lightweight, versatile and integrated into the fixture, rather than requiring a separate box. With battery life improving so much, the device could actually keep lighting while on batteries. Plus, the development of fluorescent lamp and LED technology helped exit signs becoming not only energy efficient but also brighter. This way they would compensate for the low visibility in a fire situation.
Do Australian businesses require exit and emergency lighting?
This is probably one of the most common questions fresh business owners ask. Generally, it is an indispensable lifesaving service that we highly recommend to all of our commercial clients. In an emergency situation, you want things that can save lives, like safety switches or smoke alarms, to work properly. Here, you should definitely include the humble emergency light.
Legally speaking, Australian current safety standards require that all commercial properties have functional exit lighting. In the same way, Emergency lighting is mandatory for all commercial buildings having over 300 square metres.
According to Building Code of Australia, you must install Exit and Emergency lighting if the exit from a room does not open onto a space with natural light. Also, under the Australian Standards AS2293, you must ensure a proper maintenance, as well as testing every 6 months.
Reasons why your business needs exit and emergency lighting
The importance of emergency lighting system should be at the forefront of every facility and property manager’s mind in Queensland. By ensuring a proper functionality, you will have some important benefits, such as:
- First of all, you make your business compliant with the law and, therefore, you don’t risk massive fines
- When choosing LED technology for your exit and emergency lighting, you benefit from an energy efficient and durable device; in fact, it may last for 10 years or more of continuous use
- Most of all, the building occupants will find a safe way out in case of a fire or power outage
- Finally, you have the peace of mind of having high-quality devices you can rely on, no matter the circumstances
How can we help you with your exit and emergency lighting demands?
Unfortunately, we can’t stop incidents from happening but we can help people get out of them safely. At Jaric Electrical, not only do we provide guidance but we also install, maintain and repair exit and emergency lighting when necessary. This way, all the occupants of the building – employees, customers, patients or contractors – will be safe and sound.
Remember that your safety at work will always be our no. 1 priority! If you need any electrical services, call Jaric Electrical at 1300 452 742 and get personalized solutions for your business.
Until next time, stay safe and make your business 100% compliant with the exit and emergency lighting requirements!
Your friend and electrical expert,