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A Guide to Placing Emergency Lighting in Your Business

Emergency lighting is required in commercial buildings in case the normal lighting fails. This is to provide light for the safe evacuation of a building and prevent trips and falls in the event of an emergency.


Keep reading to discover the simple guide to placing emergency lighting in your business.


What is emergency lighting?


Emergency lights are designed to automatically switch on when the main power fails or if there’s a power outage.


Emergency lighting is extremely important as it provides lighting for buildings when the normal electricity supply is interrupted, such as during a power outage or a fire. They’re strategically placed to illuminate key areas, such as pathways and emergency exits, and reduce panic and stress in the dark during an emergency evacuation.


Do I need emergency lighting?


Emergency lighting is lighting provided in the event of an emergency situation where a loss of power results in the failure of normal lighting.


Emergency lighting is required wherever the public has access to a building or where people are employed. This includes places such as shops, offices, factories, warehouses, schools, hospitals, railway stations, pubs, theatres, places of workshops etc.


Where should you place emergency lighting?


Emergency lighting should be placed at all locations where an escaping individual may be uncertain about the route to safety. 


Ensure you provide light for a safe escape along the route. You should ideally have a walkabout or inspect the plans and ensure you visit every area of the building regardless of whether it is an escape route or an open area, remember people can be in any location when the power fails.


The most basic requirement is to install emergency lighting systems in exit paths such as corridors, aisles, hallways, and stairways that lead to exits and/or public areas. 


You must also ensure that there are emergency lights in exterior areas to ensure that people can find their way to safer areas once they have exited your building.


EK Fire Protection: Emergency light installation 


If you are looking for expert emergency light installations in Kent, then look no further than EK Fire Protection. 


At EK Fire Protection, we offer fire door signs, emergency exit signs and more. 


To hear more about the range of services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly team here today. We are always on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have and point you in the right direction. 


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