Emergencies can create high-stress environments leading to confusion, even among those who frequent your building. Familiar environments become disorienting, and pathways and exits identifiable only minutes earlier become unidentifiable. Exit signage, paired with emergency lighting, safely and efficiently guides building occupants to emergency exit routes and doors.
Exit signs and emergency lighting are required in public and commercial buildings under federal and state safety regulations and must be visible at all times. Failure to install these signs may result in fines and other problems with your local safety inspector, as well as injury or even loss of life for employees and patrons.
Safety regulations mandate that emergency exit signage appears at all points of egress from a building and all areas inside a building leading to the point of egress. Emergency lighting in corridors, stairwells, and darkened rooms illuminate the path to safety in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the building.
Exit signs may include pictograms
The most common type of exit sign consists mainly of the single word “exit.” While this symbol is considered to convey its message universally, signs may also include symbols such as directional arrows or pictograms. Pictograms are basic images of a person using stairs or an exit, a wheelchair, or sometimes pictures of a fire or tornado. These types of signs are ideal for areas where visitors include children or those who do not speak English.
Exterior emergency lighting also plays an essential role in illuminating outdoor areas of facility during an emergency. This outdoor lighting assist the egress of building occupants, but can also be used to assist rescue and emergency crews arriving at the building in the event of an emergency.
For emergency exit signage and lighting to be effective, they must be installed and tested as local safety regulations require. Proper placement and installation are essential to provide adequate lighting levels and direction along the path of egress. Because in most emergencies, these lighted exit signs are powered by rechargeable backup batteries, ensuring that these power supplies are functioning correctly can save a life.
Choosing the correct fixture for your application is essential to creating a safe environment. Isolite has been providing American-made emergency lighting solutions for over 35 years and offers a full range of emergency lighting for your public or commercial space. Whether you need remote head emergency lights for extended lighting coverage or an all-in-one emergency light and exit sign unit that marks the exit and illuminates an escape route, Isolite’s quality products meet all Federal regulations. From architectural grade fixtures for design-conscious interiors to harsh environmental conditions requiring the most durable fixtures, Isolite has a product for every application.