Industries across the spectrum still feel the shockwaves of high profile incidents, due to inadequate safety systems. It’s a sobering reminder of the vital importance of emergency lighting for any organisation. Put bluntly, it’s a measure that can save lives.
Following these incidents, the Government set about reinforcing recommendations for all organisations. This ensures emergency lighting systems are both fully functional, and also maintains them in accordance with the relevant British Standards. Namely BS 5266.
Emergency lighting-A legal requirement
Escape lighting systems must comply with BS 5266. These lights are required not only at stairs and changes in floor level, but also changes in direction. They also identify both fire alarm points, and firefighting equipment. Similar to the emergency lighting for the open area, the escape route must light up by at least 1 lux, and during the emergency or the evacuation of the personnel
In most cases, non-maintained emergency lights providing three-hourlight will be adequate.