When you should test your emergency lighting

As there is a possibility of lighting failure due to problems with usual supplies, it is important to test back-up systems often. The tests are important as the illumination may be the only source of light if power failure did occur. Luckily the team at Qualtek excels at providing emergency light testing Leeds businesses can trust.

Emergency lights save lives by guiding occupants to exits. Most lighting is installed during a the construction and should be done so in accordance with Building Regulations. The British Standard has clear guidelines to work to; BS 52661:2011 is guidelines for hotels, hospitals, clubs, schools, nursing homes, offices and so on.

You may find different types of lighting in your back-up system. Standby lights enable normal activities to continue unchanged. Emergency escape lighting is what provides illumination for those people trying to leave a location, including to map out the routes to take to exit the building safely. There may also be dedicated lights in open and high risk task areas.

The system must remain at full operational status for a set amount of time to allow evacuation and aid safety services. To ensure this, servicing must be carried out. The best way to do this is with mains power failure simulation; it will force the emergency lighting to perform via it’s battery supply. This test can be done automatically or manually. For automatic lighting, there are different formats available to match with the particular building’s requirements, if self testing emergency lighting is considered. The results must be recorded for each test.

It is every employer’s responsibility to make sure these lighting systems are checked and maintained regularly in compliance with government regulations and BS5266-1. Qualtek can provide emergency light testing Leeds businesses can have complete faith in. With our help you can be assured the system is working properly.

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