Emergency Lighting Installation, Service & Testing by Spark-Risk

Emergency lighting is lighting for an emergency situation when the main power supply is cut and any normal illumination fails, with the loss of mains electricity possibly being the result of a fire or power cut. This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to the occupants, either through physical danger or panic. So, the Emergency lighting is effectively a Secondary lighting system that gives illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely.

Emergency lighting is normally required to operate fully automatically, by means of a battery back up that can enable them to remain working without mains power. Emergency lights are self contained units that are wired into the mains, with batteries that can either be carried within the body of the individual light or accessed by lights via an independent wired circuit, and are kept charged via the mains.

Scheduled Servicing of Emergency Lighting Systems

All emergency lighting systems must be tested Monthly, a short functional test in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004. The period of simulated failure should be sufficient for the purpose of this test while minimising damage to the various components of the system, such as lamps etc. During this period, all luminaires and signs should be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly

Also, servicing of emergency lighting systems should be carried out at six monthly intervals for self contained luminaries. We at Spark-Risk Ltd can help you with all these requirements by means of a cost-effective Maintenance Plan to take care of all your required testing, to regulation-compliant standards. We offer flexible support options, which include installation, periodical inspection and testing routines all in accordance with the recommendations of British Standards.

The new Fire Safety regulations, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, encompasses and takes the place of all previous fire safety legislation and all aspects of Fire Safety are now together under this order, and non-compliance is now dealt with under the authority of criminal law.

This piece of legislation requires the 'Responsible Person' to consider all aspects of Fire Safety within their premises and included in this requirement is the provision of Emergency Lighting, underlining the importance of your premises having correct, working and compliant installations in place.

Below is a brief outline of FAQ's of what you need and what the team at Spark Risk can supply and install for you; for further information, see the Fire Safety Advice Centre advice on Emergency lighting, or Contact Us for more details of how we can help.

What Standards should be observed in Emergency Lighting?

These systems should conform to BS 5266, and BS5588

What is a maintained Emergency Lighting?

This type remains illuminated and works normally via the mains, should the mains fail batteries will keep the unit illuminated for at least 1 hour - 3hours.

What is a non-maintained Emergency Light?

This type is not ordinarily illuminated, but will automatically illuminate should mains power fail, again with the battery powering them for a minimum of 1-3 hours

Why do I need such lights?

Because in the event of a power failure you must ensure your building is evacuated safely and quickly and the escape routes and emergency exits need to be illuminated to achieve this, as required within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Pt. 2 Article 14

Do I need to have theses emergency lights maintained?

Yes, a Maintenance Contract is available from us and our Electrical Engineer will make 2 visits annually to check your systems out.

I have seen green signs in buildings pointing towards the emergency exits, do I need these?

Signage is all part and parcel of such a system, whether they are a type of luminaire or a simple stand-alone plastic sign in an area lit by an emergency light. These green signs show the "Running Man" and an Arrow pointing in the Exit direction.

Most new buildings now have emergency lighting installed during construction; the design and type of equipment being specified by the architect in accordance with current Building Regulations and any local authority requirements. Your building may be older, and in need of its emergency lighting updating or a complete new installation. Spark-Risk offer a competitive and cost-effective price structure to accommodate your budget and keep you compliant and safe. To find out more information from our friendly and professional team, don't hesitate to Contact Us and speak to the experts.

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