Emergency lighting can save lives in the event of a fire so making sure that your emergency lighting works correctly could be time well spent. Most offices and residential properties do have a system of emergency lighting but in a lot of cases the maintenance and testing of the system is forgotten.
Why is emergency lighting important
As many people know, in a fire people are more likely to die from inhaling smoke than from the flames. It seems obvious but getting people out of the building quickly can save lives and people are more likely to be able to get out if they can see where they are going.
Emergency lighting illuminates escape routes when the main power is no longer working.
What are the legal requirements?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it a legal requirement for companies to carry out risk assessments and to minimise the risk posed by fire. This includes the need to have working emergency lighting in the building.
It is advisable for companies to regularly inspect their emergency lighting and to have a professional electrical engineer look at the system every year.
How do we get the emergency light system inspected?
Your engineering insurers may be able to offer include emergency lighting testing as a part of the Engineering inspection. In addition you can schedule some regular tests of the system yourselves to try and catch any problems early.
For further information please speak to you Centor Account Manager or contact Centor.