Why Emergency And Exit Light Testing Is Important

Exit and emergency lights play a very important role in saving lives when an emergency situation happens. Some instances where these types of lights are very useful include fires and earthquakes. Since they guide people to safety, they need to be visible at all times. They especially need to be visible in times of power outage and when smoke starts to fill an area.

Switching them on at all times is one of the ways to ensure they are visible when they are most needed. Another is by getting them tested every six months. Even if everyone in the property knows the exact location of the exits and the lights seem to be functional, regular testing reduces or completely eliminates the risk of malfunctioning during emergency situations.

In short, testing ensures that managers, employees, clients, and visitors can escape a dangerous situation safely.

Testing ensures that, when a fire, earthquake, or typhoon happens, nobody trips and falls down staircases. Comprehensive testing ensures that everyone sees physical obstacles they can avoid on the way out. Tests also ensure that nobody makes fatal mistakes in the middle of an emergency. Lastly, the tests ensure that everyone in the building will survive the emergency should it happen.

However, in order for everyone’s safety and survival in times of chaos to be certain, the testing should not be done by just anyone, even you. The whole process, from start to finish, should only be done by an electrical services professional from ACE Sydney Electricians.

Aside from the assurance of safety and survival, another reason to get emergency and exit lights tested is the fact that different types of emergency and exit lights exist, and need to be assessed in a different way. Here is a rundown of these different types of emergency and exit lights building administrators and owners can choose from.

Egress Pathways – Floor-mounted lights that guide people to escape routes when power goes out. These consist of a series of tiny LED bulbs.

Standby Lighting – Also called temporary lighting, these allow people to continue doing the things that need to be done even in complete darkness. They are available in different types, and can be used outdoors or indoors.

* Thermoplastic – Made from durable plastic. Suited only for indoor use.

* Steel – Their durability makes them popular in warehouses and other locations where heavy work is done.

* Wet Location – These are waterproof, and because of this, they are best for places where water and moisture are commonplace. Wet location emergency lights with internal heaters are perfect for places with freezing temperatures.

* Architectural – They provide illumination in style, as they are designed to blend well with upscale interiors. They can be finished with a colour of your choice.

* Hazardous Location – These are designed for use in environments where dangerous materials are kept or used.

An overview of the process
Before testing begins, all fluorescent lights are tested for damage or aging. These are then replaced as necessary. Next, a 90-minute discharge test will be performed. After which, the lights are reinstalled and the results recorded so that necessary action (repair or replacement) can be done.

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