Selection, Placement, Installation - FAQs
"Safety doesn’t happen by accident." – Author Unknown
Planning for Life Safety
There are three main reasons that most businesses cite for purchasing and installing emergency egress lighting and signs: 1) To meet local fire and building code standards; 2) To meet other pertinent State and Federal standards; and, 3) To meet applicable insurance company requirements. However, there is really only one important reason that everyone should remember about installing and operating emergency lighting and exit signs:
the proper installation & maintenance of exit signs and emergency lighting saves lives
The selection and installion of an exit sign or emergency light will not prevent the start of a fire, or mitigate it's outcome. It will have no effect on the amount of property damage that may be caused by that fire. However, it is vitally important that when evaluating the use and installation of exit signs, emergency lights, egress signs, and photoluminescent markings, the installer or architect recognizes that this equipment is present for the preservation of human life, not property.
Placement & Installation of Exit Signs & Emergency Lighting
Placement & Installation • Emergency Lighting
• Exit Signs
• Emergency Egress Signs
• Photoluminescent Markings
• Tactile Signs
Collected here are guidelines about the recommended placement and installation of exit signs, emergency lights, and emergency egress signs and path markings. "Best practices" are also recognized. The ultimate code authority on your particular needs are, or course, your local fire & building code enforcement agency.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs • Types of Illumination
• Energy Saving Tips
• All About Photoluminescent Signs
• All About Tritium Exit Signs
• NRTLs: UL vs ETL vs CSA
• Terms & Definitions
• All About Maintenance
• All About NEMA Ratings
There are many factors which need to be considered when selecting emergency lighting and signage. How important is upfront cost? What about energy-efficiency? Are there environmental issues such as extreme temperatures where the equipment will be installed? The answers to these questions and other frequently asked questions are collected here.