Emergency Light Testing- How Often Should You Arrange?
A building maintenance basic, Emergency Light Testing is compulsory for all non-domestic premises, thanks to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Having the right escape signage and emergency lighting in place will ensure your employees and customers can exit the building safely, in the event of a crisis.
As important as PAT and Fixed Wire Testing, it’s essential that your emergency lighting is properly maintained, to make sure it’s effective even during power failure. The need for emergency lighting varies depending on the size and purpose of the building and most escape signage needs to be checked every month and given a full duration test once a year.
As a general rule of thumb, any commercial property or building that’s open to the public needs to have adequate lighting in place to guide people outside during an emergency. This includes hotels, shops, offices, restaurants and schools. Signage must cover all exit doors and escape routes, corridor intersections, stairwells, lifts, and areas larger than 60m², amongst others.
Emergency Light Testing will highlight any concerns or defects that need to be rectified, keeping you, your employees, and your customers safe.
How Often Should I Have my Emergency Lighting Tested?
Emergency lighting should be regularly serviced to make sure it’s reliable. Basic analysis should be carried out daily, to include simple visual checks of all signage. Usually, a company will appoint a designated ‘responsible person’ to take note of any issues and arrange relevant repair work.
Other systems should be monitored on a monthly basic, including briefly testing all signage for damage. For this, mains power should be turned off and lighting checked for clarity. Your full system should also be inspected thoroughly on an annual basis, by a professional, to ensure all equipment is working correctly.
Each month, your ‘responsible person’ should carry out a brief test to check all emergency lighting is functioning correctly. You should also consider hiring a professional to carry the test out for you, to be certain of a systematic examination.
This monthly test will highlight any emergency equipment that doesn’t light up when the mains power is off. Equipment should be checked, to ensure it’s in good condition and once power is back up and running, it should be looked at again to make sure each sign is charging. It’s recommended that a log is kept, to record inspection results and to keep track of any necessary repair works.
As well as carrying out monthly tests, it’s vital that your emergency lighting is given a thorough duration test once a year, to ensure each sign and light remains clear and bright for the correct amount of time. As a general rule, three hours will allow enough time for everyone to clear the building.
This thorough assessment can be carried out at a time that suits you and your business, whether it’s staggered or takes place outside of working hours. At Hexo Services, we can carry out your testing at a time that works for you, fixing any issues and providing you with legal documentation, to keep your emergency lighting in perfect condition.
Under our complete Emergency Light Testing service, which will ensure your system is BS 5266 compliant, we can provide annual inspections and duration testing, monthly examinations and ad-hoc checks, no matter what the size or purpose of your business.
To find out more about our Emergency Light Testing services and your legal obligations, get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 0207 315 4151.