Solutions That Save Lives
At Essential Group we deliver professional, reliable and efficient emergency escape lighting for a wide range of commercial, residential, industrial and public body premises from flats, warehouses and shops to restaurants, offices, schools and many, many more.
Our expert team are here to support you with comprehensive emergency lighting services covering everything from the initial inspection, design and installation through to servicing and maintenance.
What is Emergency Lighting?
Emergency lighting plays a critical role in building safety, helping to illuminate escape routes and safety equipment in order to allow the safe evacuation of all occupants from inside the property. This is crucial in times where the regular power supply has failed, there has been a power cut or there is a fire that can lead to darkness and reduced visibility.
Properly sited emergency lights and signs will work to effectively;
- Show escape routes to the exit of the premises
- Illuminate any hazards such as stairways, corridors and changes in floor level or direction
- Highlight the outside of each final exit as well as lifts and toilets etc
- Make it easy to find fire alarm call points and firefighting equipment
- Help avoid panic in large areas with a high volume of people
Is Emergency Lighting a Legal Requirement?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that non-domestic premises must be safe at all times, which includes circumstances in which the power goes off or in the event of a fire.
This means that for relevant properties, emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs and emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case the normal lighting fails.
It is also a legal requirement that a record of all emergency lighting systems testing and maintenance is kept on-site in a dedicated logbook.
Types of Emergency Lighting
There are two main types of emergency lighting: emergency escape lighting and standby lighting.
Emergency escape lighting
Emergency escape lighting itself is sub-divided into;
- Escape route lighting – illuminates fire escape routes and emergency exits.
- Open area lighting – sometimes referred to as ‘anti panic lighting’ this assist occupants trying to escape from the building.
- High risk task area lighting – for areas that are high risk such as those with tools or machinery, in the event of an emergency this lighting will help operators to safely put down tools, switch off machines and cease working.
- Standby lighting – is not required by law or used for safety but rather acts as a backup power source so that lighting will continue to work until mains power is restored.
Let Us Light the Way
At Essential Group, our experienced engineers are here to take care of all your emergency lighting installation needs with a tailored approach that ensures your building is safe and compliant.
If your property is in need of emergency lighting or you have an existing system in place that needs updating or adding to then please get in touch and a member of our dedicated team will be happy to help.