The Importance of Emergency Lighting
There are several emergency lighting requirements for hospitals, hotels, schools and more. They illuminate escape routes and exits in the event of a mains power outage.
In this month s blog at
Worthy Electrical Services Ltd we look at the emergency lighting requirements in the UK. Call us on 020 8674 2098 for more details. Legal Obligation
The responsible person in control of a non-domestic property or premises must ensure that emergency lighting is installed in the appropriate places. This is to make sure tenants, employees and customers can easily see escape routes and exits if the mains-powered lighting stops working.
Some of the types of property that requires this safety equipment include:
Hotels Hospitals Schools Clubs and Bars Museums Offices Shops
The appliances should always be up to British Standard (
BS 5266-1) for all premises. You should always consult a professional if you are unsure whether your property requires emergency lighting. Where to Install Emergency Lighting
There needs to be enough light for people to see where they are going in an emergency. Some of the areas that often require additional illumination include:
Floor Level Changes Toilet Areas Escape Route Stairwells Intersections in Corridors
Signs need to be placed on walls near emergency lighting as additional directions for those who are evacuating. During a risk assessment of the premises, an expert can advise you on where to install the equipment and signs.
Regular Testing & Maintenance
One of the emergency lighting requirements in the UK is that the system should be turned on and off monthly to ensure they are still working. If any appliances are damaged or faulty, they should be replaced as soon as possible.
You should also have the system tested and serviced once every 12 months. This involves a full inspection of the lighting over a 3-hour period. Any low batteries will be found and replaced, and potential faults can be found and solved by a professional, ensuring the system continues to work throughout the year if it is needed.
Find Out More
Contact us at Worthy Electrical Services Ltd in Dulwich for more information about the importance of emergency lighting. Call us on
020 8674 2098 or 07963 071685 to talk to a qualified electrician. Alternatively, send us a message via the contact form for a prompt response.
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