Whether you own a HMO or a commercial office, emergency lighting is something that you need to invest in legally, to avoid putting lives at risk, or facing a hefty fine. This is because emergency lighting is an important part of fire safety legislation, and should be in place to provide light to illuminate exit routes in the event of loss of power, or in an emergency situation, like a fire. But what are the regulations surrounding emergency lighting? And is your premises compliant? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are the North West’s leading electrical experts. From residential properties and student accommodation, to schools, offices and industrial sites, we are the team you can count on. And this is our guide to everything you should know about emergency lighting legislation.
Does your property comply with emergency lighting legislation?
So, to comply fully with the regulations and legislation, you will need to meet three different criteria areas. These include:
- the installation of emergency lighting
- the certificate and log book
- emergency light testing
Installing emergency lighting
Emergency lighting needs to be installed by a professional, registered electrician. And this needs to be designed to consider the natural flow of people through the building, as well as highlighting operations and escape routes. In addition to lighting up key areas, fire safety signage should also be illuminated.
Emergency lighting certificate and log book
When your emergency lighting is installed, it is necessary for the electrician to provide a completion certificate, detailing the system’s conformance to IEE Regulations. This is something that must be kept on the premises at all times.
You will also be given a log book, in which any servicing and maintenance will be recorded.
Emergency light testing
To really make sure you are up to safety standards, you will need to make sure that your emergency lighting system is tested regularly, by a professional team. This can hep identify and repair any issues, and help to make sure your premises is safe. This will be logged in the log book, and can be used as evidence to demonstrate that you are meeting legal requirements.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Walker Electrical.