Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Why Proper Emergency Lighting Systems Save Lives

Bison Fire Explains why Emergency lighting saves lives

When you think of fire safety equipment, practical solutions like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers probably come to mind. However, proper emergency lighting systems are an integral part of an effective fire safety plan in both residential and commercial buildings.

Whether you’re the owner of an apartment complex or a warehouse, your top priority is the safety of the people in your building. In emergency settings, some people tend to struggle with remembering rehearsed safety practices like the safest exit route, or may not be familiar with the posted fire emergency plan.

Adequate emergency lighting can make the difference between a smooth and safe evacuation and one that carries complications.

How Do Emergency Lighting Systems Work?

Emergency lighting systems operate using LED or incandescent bulbs that are powered by backup batteries that are activated when power is lost. These ligh

Emergency lights are placed in strategic locations in the hallways of large structures like condos, apartments, and commercial buildings. When activated, the lights demonstrate a safe path for evacuees, leading to stairwells and emergency exits. Often, lighting systems will also include lights at designated emergency points or fire pull stations to ensure that individuals can easily carry out emergency procedures.

What Types of Emergency Lighting Systems Are Available?

For fire safety implications, there are a variety of emergency lighting systems on the market.

Most commonly, there are maintained, non-maintained, and sustained options:

Maintained emergency lighting systems: These emergency lights are always activated, but are able to use battery power during power outages.

Non-maintained emergency lighting systems: This type of emergency lighting system is only turned on when there is a power failure.

Sustained: Sustained systems use two lamps. One lamp is used during normal power use situations in a building, while the other is only turned on and powered by a battery during emergency situations.

Why Choose to Install Emergency Lighting Systems?

Emergency lighting is critical for a proper emergency safety system of any large building. As the power is likely to go out or be turned off during a variety of emergency situations, adequate lighting provides a clear path to safety while people are prone to be panicked.

Not only are these lighting systems vital for helping keep employees or residents calm during an emergency, but they help first responders, too. In the case of fire-related emergencies, there is too often clouds of smoke that prohibit visibility. Emergency lighting systems provide first responders with a light source that allows them to move through an unfamiliar space to find the source of a fire and ensure that all occupants have evacuated safely.

Proper emergency lighting systems enhance the safety of every person in a building. Whether you have existing fire safety equipment in place, get in touch with your local fire equipment specialist to install or inspect your emergency lighting system.

At Bison Fire Protection, we have a variety of lighting units and exit signs available for your large residential or commercial space. Our trusted technicians are always ready to help protect your property from fire-related emergencies. For more information or to schedule your next appointment with us in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, or Saskatoon, call 866-441-3473 or find us online.

Posted by Rob Read at 9:08 AM

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