You've heard about "emergency lighting," but what do you REALLY need to know?
- Emergency lighting is required by the NFPA Fire Code whether your facility is located in Connecticut or any other state.
- Emergency lighting is sometimes called emergency "egress" lighting and is required to be present and operable within your facility.
- The NFPA requirements call for a monthly 30-second tests to be sure that the battery keeps the lamps lit brightly to ensure safe egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency. By just pushing the test button for a few seconds you are not testing the strength of the battery back-up power.
- The NFPA requirements call for an annual 90 minute full-load-test to insure all of your emergency lighting systems will opperate for a full 1.5 hours in the event of an extended emergency.
- Emergency lighting can be provided within overhead lighting fixtures (such as a flourscent power packs or floursecent emergency packs), individual wall-mounted units (as part of an exit sign, or separate "two-headed" units), or as part of a central emergency lighting system (32v DC system, inverter, or generator).
- The different types of emergency lighting require different steps by which to follow to complete the testing properly.
- Regardless of the type of emergency lighting your facility has, it must be inspected regularly to meet fire code requirements and insure you are prepared for a life-safety emergency.
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