A fire happens. Pandemonium ensues. The sense of panic in the building increases confusion as people dash in all directions trying to evade the flames. The more the chaos, the higher the risk of injury or death. In a busy building, you can’t guarantee that everyone knows the establishment’s fire procedures. When the mains power supply is lost, things go from bad to worse. You need a clear system that directs people out of the building safely. One that works even when there is a sudden power failure. That’s where emergency lighting comes in.
How Emergency Lighting Works
These systems are designed to ensure that there is prompt and automatic illumination provided for an adequate amount of time. That way, the occupants can evacuate the premises safely using emergencies like fires, avoiding obstacles, and moving confidently. Lights that signal clear escape routes like corridors and stairways will make the evacuation to the nearest exit straightforward. The lighting is also used to illuminate equipment like fire extinguishers, as well as key boxes containing the emergency keys for the exit doors.
Each premise will have its own requirements as to how the emergency lighting will be set up. Generally, it is used for the individual exit doors, an emergency escape signs and routes, lifts, fire alarm call points as well as showing machinery that needs to be shut down during emergencies. With the installation being done by AMSL, which is certified by the National Standards Authority of Ireland, you can rest assured that you’ll get systems that adhere to industry standards.
Reasons Why You Should Have Emergency Lighting In Your Premises
- Constantly lit
This instant effect ensures that there won’t be confused with regards to the directions being given. Given that it is battery-powered, the signage prevents people from having to wait for the lights to come back on. No one wants to be forced to navigate through a burning building in darkness, or with the only source of light being the flames that seek to engulf them.
- Reduce panic
When the exit path has been well lit, the occupants of the building will safely follow the direction provided and get out of the premises. Without the emergency lighting, there can easily be stampedes in those smoke-filled rooms and corridors, causing panic and more injuries. On the other hand, with clear signage showing them how to exit the building, they will do so quickly without creating a fracas that would otherwise jeopardise their safety.
- Aiding emergency responders
The fire response team sent to the building won’t be familiar with its layout. With emergency lighting in place, it will help in providing clarity on the routes to take to get to those in the facility who need to be rescued.
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