In the event of an emergency and if a major power failure has occurred, most occupants within a building do not realise that even during the day, a building can be extremely dark making the exits difficult to locate. To overcome this life threatening problem, exit signs and emergency lighting are installed throughout a building showing the occupants the fastest way to evacuate.
Exit signs and emergency lighting are fed via 240volt power similar to ordinary light fixtures. Unlike ordinary light fixtures, exit signage and emergency lighting have an internal battery allowing illumination even when main power is out.
Under the Australian Standards AS2293 exit signage and emergency lighting must stay illuminated for a minimum of 90 minutes. The Australian Standards and local council requirements also state that exit signage and emergency lighting must be tested and discharged at the following intervals:
- 6 Monthly: Technician must conduct a 90 minute power drop test
- Annual: Technician must conduct a 90 minute power drop test
By conducting the required testing not only do you meet your duty of care, but also by discharging the batteries every six months you will prolong the life of the exit sign or emergency light.
What are the Different Types of Emergency Lighting
There are three different types of emergency lighting:
- Sustained – A sustained emergency light has two lamps within the light fitting and only one lamp works at either time.
- Non-maintained – These emergency lights are normally non-illuminated, are consistently on charge and only illuminate when the main power has failed.
- Maintained – A maintained emergency light has only one lamp which is illuminated both on mains power and when mains power fails.
FireSafe is able to install, maintain, service and certify all types of exit signs and emergency lighting.
Exit and Emergency Lights in Sydney – We’re the Experts
FireSafe is an expert provider of commercial, industrial and high-rise residential fire protection, inspection, installation, and maintenance and certification services. We offer an extensive range of scheduled testing as well as inspection services that are compliant with AS1851-2012 and the Building Code of Australia. We also provide fire equipment registers and reports that assist in the compilation of the Annual Fire Safety Statement specifically for building owners. These comprehensive documents form a crucial component of the compliance process for every property owner, with the BCA (Building Code of Australia), the OH&S Act as well as the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 2000.
For a free fire safety and audit inspection, call FireSafe at 1300 347 372. You can also send us your queries via this online form.