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An emergency lights system (ELS) constitutes the backup source of illumination that becomes active in the event of a disaster that incapacitates the primary lighting system. To put it simply, an ELS is automatically turned on when the building’s main electrical power lines are cut – either due to disaster-related damage or voluntarily to prevent the spreading of fires. Their role is to provide visibility in areas of the building to assist with the proper evacuation of the personnel on the premises.
As specialists in all aspects of fire safety and security, we are among a select few high-quality and professional service providers that can manage your ELS verification procedures and ensure that your system is maintained to current standards and working optimally.
Whether your business premises comprise a small office or large industrial plant, our trained experts will conduct a full and comprehensive inspection of your ELS, documenting those areas in full working order, as well as those that require repair or improvement. We will provide you with a log of all testing performed, so that you can demonstrate to your insurers and all regulatory authorities that you are complying with mandatory emergency lighting requirements under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Does My Business Need Emergency Lighting?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 clearly states that all commercial buildings must be safe at all times, even in the event of mains power failure. This means that virtually all premises (and businesses) are legally obliged to have some form of emergency lights installed to illuminate a path to safety, should it ever be required.
What Are My Legal Obligations?
By law, all emergency lighting should be installed and serviced annually to BS5266 standards, and suitable certification provided as evidence that the work was completed by competent and qualified engineers. Furthermore, monthly user checks are recommended in order to ensure that the ELS is functioning optimally and is ready in the event of an incident.
In certain Local Authorities, a 6 month service schedule for ELS is considered mandatory. If you are unsure whether your Local Authority requires these additional checks, please contact us – we would be delighted to advise you further.
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Where Should Emergency Lighting be Installed?
As a minimum, the following locations should be considered:
- In the proximity of every exiting doorway
- Next to the emergency escape indicators
- Along the emergency escape route(s)
- In all elevators of the building
- By the fire extinguishers
- Next to the break-glass fire intervention triggers
- Close to safety machinery or devices that must be shut down during emergencies
- Outside all exit points of the structure
How Often Should Emergency Lighting Be Serviced?
Emergency lighting should be tested once a month by isolating the supply to the lighting circuit to ensure that all lights are fully functioning. This can be done in-house by your own team.
On an annual basis, all emergency lighting systems should be serviced to BS 5266 standards by experienced technicians.
Unsure Whether Your Building Needs Emergency Lights? Get In Touch Today!
At FireCare, we have a vast amount of experience helping businesses across the South Coast with their fire safety needs, including emergency lighting installation. Our professional team are here to suggest practical, pragmatic steps to help you improve your compliance and better protect your people, premises and property.
For advice about emergency lights or to arrange for one of our assessors to visit your premises, get in touch with us today by completing our contact form, and a member of our team will be in touch.
EMRGENCY LIGHTING FAQS
BS 5266 is the British safety standard that relates to lighting requirements for businesses and organisations in the UK.
- BS 5266-1:2016 - Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises
- BS 5266-2:1998 - Code of practice for electrical low mounted way guidance systems for emergency use
- BS 5266-4:1999 - Code of practice for design, installation, maintenance and use of optical fibre systems
- BS 5266-5:1999 - Specification for component parts of optical fibre systems
- BS 5266-6:1999 - Code of practice for non-electrical low mounted way guidance systems for emergency use. Photoluminescent systems
- BS EN 1838:1999 - Lighting applications. Emergency lighting
- BS EN 50172:2004 - Emergency escape lighting systems
British Safety Regulations are in place to ensure that in the event of a fire, suitable emergency exit lights are in place to illuminate escape routes for people trying to exit the premises.
Emergency lighting regulations in the UK, state that it must undergo a full test at least once a year and be 'flick-tested' at least once a month. Tests should be recorded in an emergency lighting log book or emergency lighting test sheet.
Yes. We offer a regular maintenance service.
Yes. We offer a wide range of LED lighting products and can undertake all of the necessary emergency lighting wiring and emergency light fitting required. Our range includes, illuminated exit signs, emergency bulkheads, central battery systems and many other types of products.
Yes. As part of our regular maintenance checks, we will check all of your lighting battery packs and can replace them as and when required.
Yes. We offer a wide range of emergency lighting products including recessed ones.
For emergency lighting to be tested, an emergency lighting key is required to operate the emergency light switch. The emergency light test switch provides a means to securely isolate the mains supply to the lighting, in order to activate the units for manual testing. This special type of emergency lighting key switch, prevents unauthorised people from gaining access.
Maintained lighting is on all of the time and are mains powered. They are used as part of a building's normal lighting system, but, in an emergency situation, if mains power fails, they will continue to stay lit for a specific duration powered by a back-up battery.
Non-maintained lighting will only come on for a specific duration, if the power supply to normal artificial lighting fails.
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