Don’t cut corners on your emergency lighting

Image

Don’t cut corners on your emergency lighting

Did you know that 44% of businesses in England don’t have the correct emergency lighting installed?

According to Hilclare, nearly one in two companies have emergency lighting that is not compliant with the 2005 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

Scottish businesses are much more compliant, with 92% of businesses adhering to regulations.

Emergency lighting is a legal requirement in all publically accessible buildings, and it needs to be well-maintained.

“Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.” 2005 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

Any duty holder found guilty of having emergency lighting that is not up to standard is liable to a fine or prison sentence. In fact, it was found that the average fine for emergency lighting breaches since Grenfell was over £27,500.

Testing your emergency lighting is a legal requirement too

Not only do you need to ensure that your emergency lighting is compliant with the Fire Safety Order, but you need to ensure it is regularly tested as well.

Testing your emergency lighting ensures that it turns on or stays illuminated in an emergency scenario, and that your staff, residents and visitors can safely exit the building.

You must test your emergency lighting once a month (in what is known as a ‘flick’ or ‘flash’ test), as well as an annual ‘duration’ or ‘discharge’ test.

If you are looking for a company to look after your emergency lighting and keep you compliant, Hawkesworth is here to help.

We provide testing to ensure that your lighting will illuminate the way for your staff, residents and visitors in a power cut or building fire.


<< Why damaged electrical cables need to be replaced

>> EICR testing in HMOs