Being stuck in a room with a fire behind you is a nightmare for many people; but for some people this can be real life. They find themselves in a room and there is a ferocious fire behind the, they look around them and through the smoke, flames and even falling parts of the building, visibility is quickly reduced.
An exit sign cannot be seen easily and as they to leave the room the exit is blocked by cardboard boxes full of products or builder’s rubbish. While the visibility rapidly decreases, the heat rises and the hope of escaping safely from the building disappears the person quickly realises this could be the end.
While it may sound scary, dramatic and even upsetting there were 322 fire related deaths in 2013-2014 and 41% of all fire related deaths were caused by the victim being overcome by gas, smoke or toxic fumes. Some of these deaths could have been avoided with the correct, and legal, emergency lighting systems.
People need clear and visible exits to be able to escape your building if there is an emergency and no power within the premises; this is where emergency lighting systems could really save the lives of the employees, customers and other people within your building.
While we hope there will never be a need for you to use safety and emergency lighting it is a necessary and legal addition to any building as part of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Article 14.
It is stated that; “emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs; and emergency routs and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of the normal lights”.
All non-domestic buildings must have emergency lighting installed in case of instances of fire as a legal requirement. Contact us directly if you have not had your emergency lighting tested, need repairs or maintenance completed on existing emergency lighting or have any queries about the emergency lighting systems in your premises