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Emergency Lighting System Installation in Essex & London

Emergency Lighting - Essex - London

Almost all industrial and commercial premises including residential blocks have to have emergency lighting under systems installed so that In the event of an emergency, all safe exits route are clearly visible, allowing staff, clients and residents to evacuate premises safely. With all lighting, there is the possibility of electrical failure and as a result, visibility is reduced.

Emergency lighting regulations provide strict guidelines as to how the design and installation of emergency lighting systems should be carried out. Here at Firstford we are fully qualified for design, installation and maintenance/testing of emergency lighting systems in accordance with this British Standard – BS 5266 is covered here on the FIA website.

If you’d like us to carry out a site survey so that we can design an emergency lighting system for you please contact us now

Emergency Lighting Systems Maintenance & Testing

Following the installation of a compliant emergency lighting system it is essential to carry out ongoing regular testing and maintenance of the fittings in the form of monthly ‘flick’ testing and 3 hour engineer’s tests as a minimum requirement annually.

Our emergency lighting preventative maintenance contracts will ensure your system is working correctly, and that any potential faults are picked up before they become a real problem. All our maintenance contracts include:

Full asset register list of fittings installed on site with test tick sheet

  • Free on site flick test procedure demonstration for staff
  • Monthly ‘flick’ testing carried out (on request)
  • Full 3 hour engineers test annually
  • 24 Hour Telephone technical Support
  • 24 Hour Emergency call out
  • Written report/maintenance sheets completed with each visit
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    Yes it should be tested once per month to ensure that it is working and the findings of the test recorded in a fire log book. It should also be tested once a year by a competent person.
    There are three main ways to tell if your emergency lighting is working or not: 1. A green indicator LED, installed on or beside each emergency light fitting, will be illuminated. This means that the emergency fitting is connected and its batteries are charging. 2. If the fitting is disconnected from mains the green LED indicator will switch off and the fixture will illuminate using its battery power. This is another sign of correct function. 3. Emergency lighting should be tested briefly every month and should undergo a full duration test (normally 3 hours) at least once every year. This should be carried out by a “Competent Person” (as defined in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. If it does not pass the test it should either be repaired or the “Responsible Person” should be informed.
    A maintained emergency light is always on and will stay illuminated in the event of a power failure. These lights are usually installed in communal areas such as corridors and stair wells. A non-maintained emergency light only comes on in the event of a power failure. These lights will usually be installed in areas that don't need a permanent light source
    This will depend on the type of emergency lighting setup you have. If your lights are part of the main lighting system then they will need to be turned off while the engineer carries out checks. However, our engineers are flexible and will always keep disruption to a minimum
    There are certain premises where it’s legally required to install emergency lighting. This includes public places such as schools, hospitals, offices, and shops, and also covers places where people will be sleeping over such as hotels, nursing homes, and blocks of flats. Emergency lighting in these premises must meet strict British Safety standards and needs to provide a certain level of illumination, and have clearly marked signs showing people where to exit. Even if a new build doesn’t require emergency lighting by law, it’s still something you should consider installing, as it provides reassurance in an emergency situation.