Whether you’re constructing, purchasing or operating a new property, ensure the location features ample exit signage. Prominent directional signs can help reduce panic in the event of emergencies.
Before ordering exit signs, consult a state code specialist to receive legal guidelines for the type and design required for your facility. Most local codes have requirements for a sign’s luminance and location, for example. Once you’re familiar with the regulations, choose appropriate exit signs to suit the conditions of your location:
1. Post reflective or self-illuminating metal exit signs in brightly lit locations.
2. Hang electric exit signage to increase visibility in dimly lit hallways and continue to operate in main rooms in the event of a power failure.
3. Design custom exit signs that still comply with state regulations.
Conserve energy with basic or self-illuminating exit signs that don't require a power sourceConsider two types of exit signs that operate without wires or electrical connections. Basic styles use reflective material to reflect light from outside sources, while self-powered versions use Tritium gas tubes to generate their luminescence. Before ordering, however, ensure the signs comply with your local ordinances for letter brightness or light output.
Choose electrical exit signs to illuminate corridors or roomsElectrical exit signs feature a variety of lighting options, including LED edge lights and side flood lights for emergency use. Be aware that some states have specific requirements on the type of power source and number of lamps needed to illuminate electrically lit signs. Most also require electrical signs to have a backup power source in the event of electrical outages.
Use compliant, but visually appealing exit signs that suit your business' interior designWhen designing exit signs, stay within legal guidelines by choosing the proper font, font size and emergency exit wording. For example, some states have guidelines prohibiting images other than the word "exit" on posted signs.
- When ordering an exit sign, also consider ordering placards that read "not an exit." Some states require businesses to post these signs above any doorway or corridor that a patron might confuse with a regular or emergency exit.