In a disaster, a properly working emergency light is critical for the safety of your employees and customers. In fact, under federal standards, you must provide good emergency lighting. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that exit doors be clearly marked and that emergency exit routes be lit so that employees with normal vision can see their way out.
Emergency lighting is highly regulated and requirements vary depending on the municipality where your business is located. So before purchasing safety lights, be sure to check local municipal and building codes to ensure compliance. Some other factors you will want to consider include:
1. Which locations in your business need to be illuminated if the power goes out? This includes exit doors, exit routes, stairs, first aid stations and fire fighting stations. What types of power failure emergency light will do the job the best?
2. What type of electrical work will be required for safety light installation?
3. Aesthetically, what do you want your safety lights to look like?
Figure out what type of emergency lighting you will needA wide range of lighting products are available for inside and outside of your business. If your business uses vehicles, you may want to equip them with an emergency vehicle light, an emergency strobe light or even emergency light bars. Also, you may want to consider purchasing a portable LED emergency light.
Decide where to put your emergency exit lights and how to install themEmergency lights need to be placed properly. You will want to light escape routes, stairs and first aid stations. Since placement of safety lights is so critical, you may want to consult with a professional designer.
Decide what you want your safety lights to look likeIf customers frequent the building where your business is located, you will want emergency lighting to be subtle and aesthetically pleasing.
- Before purchasing any safety light, consider the cost of maintenance and energy use. Fortunately, as businesses demand emergency lights that are energy-efficient and easy to maintain, the number of options are increasing.
- Don't forget that your emergency lights will have to be inspected and tested on a regular basis.