The Exit Light Company is proud to feature a selection of Emergency Lighting for Homes. These multi-purpose lanterns and flashlights are kept ready through standard AC outlet or USB charging ports, and can provide hours of light in the event of power outages. For longer outages, they can be further recharged with USB power banks or direct solar.
These multi-function devices are useful for more than just emergency backup lighting. They provide plenty of light for camping and hiking, or can even function as everyday work/task lights, as well.
Many of us have been in a situation when the power goes out at home. Sometimes this happens during daylight hours, but it can also happen at night. In most cases power is restored within an hour or two, but in extreme cases the outage may last for several hours or even days. In 2019 alone, power outages have left over 15 million people without power in the United States alone (eia.gov) . This can be due to storm damage, rolling blackouts (in place in several states throughout the U.S.) or even massive power grid failures. In public areas and workplaces, laws require emergency preparedness for the safety of the public, but are you prepared at home?
As the recent tragedy at the Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil demonstrates, public fire safety continues to remain a serious problem. Any time you mix large crowds of semi-intoxicated people with low levels of lighting, minimal exits, and add smoke and fire, the result is always tragic.
In North America there have been several notable nightclub fires:
After fire analysis has repeatedly noted the importance of well-lit and uncluttered exit pathways, and show that the majority of deaths are usually due to smoke inhalation or trampling. Victims could have survived if they had been able to quickly and safely exit the structure.
The Exit Light Company reminds everyone that the sole purpose for the products that we sell (exit signs and emergency lights) is to save lives, not property. Here are some helpful tips for both patrons and business owners:
If you are a Patron:
Use common sense, don’t patronize businesses in buildings that do not look safe. Some warning signs are that the building does not have a sprinkler system, exit signs or emergency lights are broken and non-functional, or if you see that most of the exit doors are blocked or even locked (chained shut)
Be aware of the location of at least two exits at all times (the first being the one that you entered through)
Never drink so much that you will not be able to react to an emergency situation
If you are caught up in a crowd, it doesn’t matter if you are large and strong, try to get to a wall or to the edge of the crowd. Many deaths are dues to trample injuries
Try to stay low, to minimize smoke inhalation
If possible, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth. Use your shirt, jacket, or a napkin, if available. If you can, wet the cloth with water. Never use alcohol to wet the cloth, as alcohol is highly flammable
Don’t worry about your stuff (purse, backpack, etc.). It’s replaceable, you’re not
If you are in a group, agree on an assembly point, somewhere you can all get to safely, then don’t worry too much about keeping together
Move safely, and try not to trample/push others, but leave as quickly as possible
Stay as calm as possible, and do not give in to panic. This is easier said than done, but panicking will not help you survive
If you are a Business Owner/Facilities Manager:
Keep exits and exit paths clear of clutter
ALL doors should open outwards so that the crush of a crowd can not pin the doors closed
Unfortunately, the Kiss Nightclub Fire will not be the last club fire, but if we all keep in mind the above safety tips, we can make sure that we do not contribute to another tragic event or do not end up as another sad statistic.
Can you believe another year is almost over? The year 2010 is approaching fast and we want to thank all our loyal customers for making 2009 a great year for the Exit Light Company! We want to remind you that the end of the year is a very important time for maintenance crews of shopping malls and buildings to ensure customer safety. With staggering crowds streaming to shopping centers it is critical that all safety measures are up to standard. This means testing all exit and emergency lights to ensure that they are working properly in case of an emergency.
Routine maintenance of exit and emergency lighting is frequently overlooked until an emergency occurs, which is often too late. According to the NFPA Standard No. 101, chapter 31, section 1.3.7. “A functional test shall be conducted on every required emergency lighting system at 30-day intervals for a minimum of 30 seconds. An annual test shall be conducted for the 1 1/2 hour duration. Equipment shall be fully operational for the duration of the test. Written records of visual inspections and tests shall be kept by the owner for inspection by the authority having jurisdiction.” Some of our exit signs and emergency lights have an automatic test feature that will self-test every 28 days for 5 minutes and 90 minutes every 6 months. This self-testing feature allows you to simply look up at the indicator light on the sign to see if it is still functioning properly.
If your exit and emergency lighting does not offer this feature, the Exit Light Company offers testing and repair services within California. Our certified electricians will test and repair your lights and will also provide you with written records indicating what was tested and the outcome/recommendation. We offer monthly, quarterly and annual testing service. Rely on real professionals to avoid serious liability and save money.
Our Testing Procedures for Exit and Emergency Lights include:
Monthly, Quarterly and/or Annual full function test
Disconnect AC power supply to each exit and emergency light
Check battery and lens for sulfation
Clean each exit and emergency light and lens as required
Adjust beam for proper alignment if needed
Place Testing Label on the exit and emergency light
Contact our service department at (877) 352-3948 to arrange for your testing service today!