EMERGENCY LIGHTING SYSTEMS

The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997

This directive controls the way that the building will be used and the equipment and systems needed to safeguard the occupants. The legal requirement is that - "Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case the lighting fails". The law is explained and the rules for compliance are given in a joint Home Office and Health & Safety Executive document - "FIRE SAFETY - An employer's guide".

DESIGN OBJECTIVE

  • To indicate clearly and unambiguously the escape routes.
  • To provide illumination along such routes to allow safe movement towards and through the exits provided.
  • To ensure that fire alarm call points and fire fighting equipment provided along escape routes can be readily located.
  • To permit operations concerned with safety measures.
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