A Guide to Emergency Light Testing

chameleon | 23 February 2023

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Why Do I need my Emergency Lights Tested?

Any non-domestic building is required by law to be always safe, especially in the event of an emergency. The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 describes the laws and regulations for the safety of any property, domestic and commercial. When you are a responsible person for a building that is either open to the public or has multiple members of staff, then you have a duty of care for those people. Part of that duty of care is to ensure that your emergency lighting meets the appropriate standards.

A duty of care also means that you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your building is safe at all times. It is vital, therefore, for your property to have emergency lighting that can remain on for a minimum of three hours. All emergency routes and exits are required to be illuminated to an adequate brightness to ensure that everyone in the building has an obvious escape route.

Who is Responsible for Ensuring That Our Emergency Lights are Tested?

A responsible person is anyone who has control over the property. This can include:

  • The Property Owner
  • The Landlord of the Property
  • An Employer
  • An occupier
  • Facilities/Business Managers
  • Risk Assessors

In cases where you have more than one responsible person, you are expected to work together to ensure that you fulfil your safety responsibilities.

Where Do I Need to Install Emergency Lighting?

An emergency escape lighting system should include and cover:

  • Any Exit Doors
  • All Escape Routes
  • Any Corridor Intersections
  • Along any External Escape Routes
  • Outside Final Exits
  • Along Stairways to ensure every flight has adequate lighting
  • Windowless rooms
  • Any Toilet Accommodation that exceeds 8m²
  • Any Fire Alarm Call Points
  • Nearby any equipment that must be shut down in an emergency
  • Nearby and inside any Lifts

This, however, is not an exhaustive list and emergency lighting can be fitted in any part of your building. It is important, therefore, to be mindful that you keep records of all emergency lighting systems within your building.

How Often Should I Have My Emergency Light Tested?

Emergency lighting must have monthly as well as annual testing to ensure that they are ready to work in the event of a mains power failure.

Utilise TRAC Aircon to Carry Out Your Emergency Light Tests

At TRAC Aircon we can schedule and carry out these tests to ensure that any potential failures are detected, reported, and remedied as soon as possible. Our first-rate team have years of experience with emergency light testing. We can perform all testing with minimal disruptions to your routine daily operations.

Upon completion of our testing, you will be issued a certificate of Emergency Lighting Completion. You can also carry out your daily tasks with the peace of mind of knowing that your premises are thoroughly prepared in the case of an emergency.

Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about your emergency light testing, or would like to receive a quote for your own emergency lighting tests! Alternatively, view our other services here!

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