Do you know that emergency & exit lighting systems are mandatory in commercial buildings, according to the law & must be tested regularly?
Emergency and exit lighting system is an essential life safety device that doesn’t get much attention until it becomes a necessity. A lot of common questions arise on having such systems or not. The answer to this question is not always straight forward, as there are some facts related to these systems.
According to law, workplaces and commercial buildings are recommended to must have clearly marked emergency & exit lighting system to ensure the facility of evacuation in the emergency situations. At populated places, if the exit point ceases during emergency, people will get frightened and disoriented in chaos. That’s the reason why most of the public facilities areas are mandated to be equipped with exit & emergency lighting systems according to the specific codes. These systems serve the pathway to exit and emergency lighting automatically in case of primary power failure. Exit signs are used in combination with emergency lighting to provide a means for egress lights.
The main purpose of emergency lighting is to provide a bottom level of visibility to mark the escape routes, which help the occupants to directly run out of the building. This is also used to help emergency responders in locating emergency areas and safety equipment, while performing necessary safety functions. Incorporating emergency lighting system in all category of the building is not necessary, and not all occupancies should lay down with this huge form of the system; the requirements can vary from facility to facility and building to building. For installing exit & emergency lighting system, there are some key points set by the building code of Australia, which should be carefully considered; these are :
- If your floor area is greater than 400m2, then it becomes mandatory to implement this system.
- The requirement may also depend upon the type of building like if it is a type of class 9 building, then Emergency & Exit Lighting would be a mandatory requirement, on the other hand if it is a class 1 type building, then it wouldn’t be an obligation.
- According to the defined rule by Building code of Australia (BCA), if any of your room or hall in public building do not open into the space with natural adequate light, then it is vital to have an emergency & exit lighting system.
- If the building rooms have glass walls and doors that open onto the corridors, from where escape becomes impossible, the requisites of such a system becomes important.
There are some more regulation sets in Australia for emergency & exit lighting requirement, and it is mandatory to contemplate these standards such as AS/NZS 2293(standard for emergency & exit lighting system for buildings) while implementation of the emergency lighting system. These regulations should be imposed on all three majors of such systems like during installation, maintenance and performance of luminaries. All required changes when implanting emergency & lighting system are subjected to AS2293.1 standard. There are a number of code sets that governs emergency lighting and exit sign requirements. Do not take emergency lighting & exit systems for granted; regular maintenance and testing are mandatory. Routine inspection and testing is tedious, but is really important.
There are so many different scenarios that could be implemented while going for emergency lighting system. But only a profound electrical service provider will guide you to the right selective path according to your requirements while also complying with the set standards. Our aspired electrician in Plumpton guides you with the best of their experiences; you just need to give a call to Aspire Electricals at 0433 870 006 to get information about Emergency & Exit Lighting, including Maintenance requirements.
So, Think Safety! Think Aspire!