Emergency lighting is a system of lighting that provides illumination in the event of a power failure. It is designed to help people evacuate a building safely in the event of a fire or other emergency.
The British Standards Institution (BSI) sets standards for a wide range of products and services, including emergency lighting. The current British Standard for emergency lighting is BS 5266-1:2016. This standard specifies the requirements for the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of emergency lighting systems.
The requirements of BS 5266-1:2016 vary depending on the type of building and the number of people who are likely to be present. In general, however, all emergency lighting systems must:
Provide enough light to allow people to see clearly and safely evacuate the building.
Be powered by a separate source of electricity, such as batteries or a generator.
Be maintained regularly to ensure that they are in working order.
Emergency lighting systems must also be accompanied by appropriate signage. This signage should be located at all exits and other important locations in the building. It should be clearly visible and easy to understand.
Emergency lighting systems offer a number of benefits, including:
Increased safety: Emergency lighting can help to prevent injuries and fatalities in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Reduced property damage: Emergency lighting can help to reduce property damage by allowing people to evacuate a building safely and quickly.
Improved compliance: By installing and maintaining an emergency lighting system in accordance with BS 5266-1:2016, building owners can demonstrate that they are meeting their legal obligations.
Emergency lighting is an important safety feature that can help to protect people and property in the event of a fire or other emergency. By installing and maintaining an emergency lighting system in accordance with BS 5266-1:2016, building owners can help to ensure the safety of their occupants.