The outbreak of fire may prevent your building’s power supply from feeding electricity to the rest of the building. Thus vulnerable people could be trapped in a dark building about to be engulfed in flames. To prevent this situation from occurring any well thought-out fire prevention plan must provide for emergency lighting. Emergency lighting is activated when the normal supply of electricity is cut off. Emergency lighting saves lives in the event of fire as the building’s occupants are still able to navigate their way out of the building to safety. The lack of emergency lighting means residents find it difficult to evacuate the building in the event of fire. If residents consist of the elderly or children then the risk associated with faulty emergency lighting are very grave indeed.
Knowing the legal framework
Most new buildings come fitted with emergency lighting as standard. Emergency lighting must be installed and maintained in accordance with British Standard BS 5266-1 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Under the 2005 Order businesses and organisations are required to carry out a fire risk assessment. Ensuring emergency lighting is working correctly is deemed a necessary step in carrying out a competent fire risk assessment. If emergency lighting is defective prior to a fire the business or organisation responsible could be held to account.
What our testing covers
Emergency lighting is a broad term and applies to various forms of lighting. North West Fire Solutions ensures the below list of ‘emergency lighting’ is tested and in full working condition:
- Open area (anti-panic) lighting
- Escape route lighting
- Emergency escape lighting
- Safety sign lighting
- High risk task area lighting/ Bulkhead emergency lighting
Our tests ensure emergency lighting is triggered instantly and automatically in the event of a power cut to your building’s key power supply. We ensure a minimum of 0.2 lux is emitted by emergency lighting as per BS 5266-1. A comprehensive luminaire duration test is performed until the emergency lighting’s supply runs out (typically 4 hours). Recharging is then necessary. Test results are supplied to customers to insert into their fire safety log books. If emergency lighting fails a number of other tests are carried out in order to locate and remedy the fault.
When our testing takes place
North West Fire Solutions is able to carry out statutory tests either on a one-off or contractual basis. We recommend emergency lighting testing be carried out at least annually along with a comprehensive fire risk assessment as required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We recommend the building’s ‘responsible person’ performs emergency lighting testing at least monthly.
Contact North West Fire Solutions today
North West Fire Solutions provide fire and first aid training services and solutions for both private and public sectors. Click here to fill out the enquiry form or call today on 0151 665 0124. Serving Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire, Lancashire & North Wales.