Know where you are going

Emergency lighting comes into play when the normal mains-powered lighting fails and will provide alternative adequate lighting allowing people to evacuate the building safely in the case of for example a fire. As a minimum requirement, buildings must have emergency lighting installed across all the escape routes and exits from every area of the building, with the lighting being of adequate intensity for people to see where they are going, and for a minimum backup duration of 1 to 3 hours. As an employer, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that emergency lighting provisions are in place and are in working condition as part of your fire safety precautions.

When deciding where to install emergency lighting, take into account any hazards along the evacuation route, such as corners, stairways or uneven flooring. You must also ensure that exit signs, fire alarm call points and equipment used for fire fighting, such as extinguishers or fire blankets, are adequately illuminated to be easily seen or located. We stock illuminated fire exit signs and emergency lighting from Ringtail, which are the best way of ensuring that the fire exit is as visible as possible.

As with all fire safety equipment, regular testing of your emergency lighting must be carried out to ensure that it is working correctly. You should test that the lights are triggered when the mains supply is cut, and also that all the lights are illuminated as they should be. Once the power is switched on again, ensure that the batteries are charging. You will need to test your lighting at least once a month and log the results. Once a year you will need to carry out a full drain for the specified lighting backup period (eg 3 hours).