Are Your Emergency Exit Signs Compliant?

Both building and fire codes require businesses and other commercial properties to have properly placed and functioning exit signs to guide occupants to safety in case of a fire or other emergency. But simply having the signs isn’t enough. They must meet strict OSHA and code requirements to be compliant, and failure to meet those standards can result in fines as well as increasing the risk of injuries and fatalities. Those requirements include:

Visibility

Exit signs must have the word “EXIT” on their face in letters at least six inches high and ¾ inch wide and must be located for prime visibility from all directions. Signs must be clear of any decoration or other obstructions that might obscure the visibility of the exit sign.

Illumination

The signs must be illuminated by a “reliable” light source of at least 5 foot-candles. While the signs may be normally lit by building power, they must have a backup power source sufficient to keep them illuminated in the event of a power failure. Local codes determine the length of time the backup power mist be available, usually 1-1½ hours. Each exit route must be lit so that someone with normal vision can see along the route.

Clarity

If there are other doors that might be confused with an exit, they must be clearly marked “Not an Exit” or with similarly unambiguous signage. If the route to the nearest exit isn’t readily apparent, an exit sign with an arrow indicating the route is required.

Maintenance

The job’s not over when code-compliant signage is installed. Periodic testing and maintenance are needed to keep your exit signs in good working order. Exit signs and lighting should be checked monthly for weak or burnt out bulbs, backup system function and damage. A 90-minute burn test should be conducted annually to ensure the backup system will perform properly.

Cut Costs without Compromises

Allstar Electrical Services’ Commercial Division has years of experience in installing, maintaining and repairing commercial exit signs and egress lighting, and we know that there’s more to it than just meeting codes. Since most systems rely on incandescent bulbs, they can be energy hogs, and frankly most signs aren’t that attractive. Our commercial lighting experts can show you the latest in energy-saving exit systems in a wide variety of décor choices so you can save on power and maintenance costs without compromising your design preferences.

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