Emergency & Exit Lighting Inspections Near Chicago
Fire Science Techniques Offers Exit & Emergency Lighting Services
Exit and emergency lighting is designed to illuminate hallways, aisles, stairwells, ramps, and other paths of egress during a power outage. These fixtures are an integral part of a commercial building’s safety and evacuation plan. When an emergency occurs, you trust your backup lights to help guide occupants to safety.
While installing proper emergency lighting is the first step, you must also ensure that all backup lights will perform as intended if you ever need them. This requires you to have your lights inspected at least annually in accordance with fire and safety codes.
At Fire Science Techniques, our emergency lighting services are designed to make life safety a seamless part of your business operations. Our Fire Protection Company is located in Blue Island, Illinois, and serves Chicago, Cicero, Evanston, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Orland Park, and Schaumburg.
Learn more about emergency lighting inspection requirements below, then contact us when you’re ready to schedule services in the Chicagoland area.
Emergency Lighting Requirements
Many business owners wonder if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires emergency lighting. Indeed, emergency lights are a legal requirement for commercial buildings under the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), and OSHA has co-opted these codes.
Monthly Emergency & Exit Lighting Testing Requirements
Compliance begins with emergency lighting installation, but it doesn’t end there. Business owners must also perform monthly tests. Backup light fixtures feature a built-in test switch on the casing that simulates a power outage.
To perform a test, simply press and hold the button on each light for 30 seconds. The lights should come on and maintain a stable brightness for the duration of the test. If the lights dim or some of the bulbs don’t work, have them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
If you have a large number of devices that make individual testing too time-consuming, you can also flip the circuit breaker to activate the backup battery feature of your emergency lights. Be sure to back up data and shut off computers before doing this if they’re located on the same circuits as your emergency light system.
Schedule emergency lighting or exit lighting services with Fire Science Techniques today.
Annual Emergency & Exit Lighting Testing Requirements
In addition to monthly testing, professional emergency lighting inspections are also required once a year. These tests must last 90 minutes, which is the length of time backup lights must be able to provide emergency lighting if the main power fails. Visual inspections also take place to ensure all fixtures and bulbs are in good condition.
Emergency Lighting Requirements for Restrooms
Don’t forget to illuminate the restroom, often an interior room with no windows. The day-to-day lighting should be automatic and incorporate motion sensors to save energy. Most importantly, the backup lights should turn on when the main power fails. Proper fixture placement is important in public restrooms where stall doors may obstruct the light.
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Emergency Lighting Inspections
Our annual exit and emergency lighting inspections are designed to confirm the operation of your backup lights in a real emergency. Each in-depth check involves:
- Ensuring the correct placement and quantity of backup lights
- Checking for corrosion
- Inspecting bulbs and cleaning lenses
- Adjusting and tightening light beams
- Measuring voltage and battery output
- Performing a 90-minute discharge test to simulate a real power outage
Inspections from Fire Science Techniques comply with all applicable fire and life safety codes from OSHA and the NFPA.
To schedule emergency lighting inspections in Chicagoland and the greater Midwest, contact us online.
Emergency Lighting Inspections in IL, IN & WI
Fire Science Techniques has over 30 years of experience meeting emergency exit lights testing requirements in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Team up with our expert technicians to ensure your building’s code compliance and safety in the event of a power outage.
We offer fire protection services for businesses and commercial kitchens throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas of Cicero, Evanston, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Orland Park, and Schaumburg in Illinois. We also serve western Indiana and southern Wisconsin!
To schedule an emergency lighting inspection in the Chicagoland area, please contact us today.