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Emergency Lighting and Your Business

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Requirements for emergency lighting in your commercial building are covered under NFPA 101.

An aspect of fire safety in commercial buildings that most don’t think about is their emergency lighting and exit signs. Yet, when the power goes out and the building is smoky, the emergency lighting is a crucial tool in the safety of your employees and patrons.   Emergency lighting is governed by multiple entities including OSHA, the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) and the International Building Code and International Fire Codes.

NFPA in particular calls for emergency lighting and exit signs under NFPA 101, which is part of the Life Safety Code. The Code spells out the information for placement, illumination and the visibility of the exit signs. The Code also calls for the emergency lighting to provide a minimum of an hour and a half of lighting in case of power outage.

Regular testing and maintenance of the lights are crucial, which includes monthly testing requirements and an annual test of having the lights on for 1.5 hours. Proper documentation of such testing is important and must be maintained for inspection.

For more information visit NFPA 101, Life Safety Code at https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=101. Follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObordentown.com or on our social media sites. We can always be reached at (609)894-8555, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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