Exit Lighting- Illumination of Means of Egress- Episode 9

Exit Lighting- Illumination of Means of Egress- Episode 9

David Tabar David Tabar
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Mighty Line Monday Minute Episode 9 - Exit Lighting (Illumination of Means of Egress)

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Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Mighty Line Minute. Today we’re getting back into NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code, and one of its most important areas, that of illumination of means of egress, otherwise known as emergency lighting. Stay tuned.

The NFPA Life Safety Code serves as a comprehensive guide for many safety measures within buildings, and specifically, illumination of the means of egress. This provision is critical as it assures that occupants can safely exit a building under emergency conditions. Without proper lighting, occupants may find difficulty finding their way resulting in panic, confusion, and potential harm to individuals.

Exit lighting serves as a backup in the event of power outage, security, threats, fire, or other emergencies. It provides visibility and guidance to occupants, enabling them to evacuate safely.

The Life Safety Code outlines different requirements based upon the type of building or occupancy. For example, healthcare facilities have more stringent requirements due to the vulnerability of the occupants.

The NFPA 101 Code mandates the installation of emergency lighting in all exit access corridors, exit stairwells, and exit passageways. Additionally, emergency lighting must be placed at every change in direction, exit door and intersection with corridors.

The exit lighting must provide sufficient illumination for occupants to see clearly and evacuate safely with an average of one foot candle along the pathway of egress. Furthermore, emergency lighting fixtures must be mounted at least seven feet above the floor level.

Exit signage must be clearly visible and recognizable by building occupants. Signage plays a crucial role in guiding occupants to the nearest exit without confusion.

NFPA 101 also requires sufficient width and capacity of exit pathways to accommodate the expected occupant load. This assures that overcrowding and potential bottlenecks do not hinder the safe egress of occupants.

Inverter style emergency lighting systems use advanced technology and should always be considered as an option during both the design stage and for existing buildings. They offer much more flexibility in terms of the emergency lighting, especially regarding the means of egress travel.

As opposed to the bug-eye style, decentralized, emergency lights found common in many warehouses, inverter style systems are centralized solutions. Their power source involves centralized batteries with distributed power to architecturally pleasing ceiling or wall lighting.

Inverters can also power non-lighting loads, such as door interlocks, fire alarm systems, etc., and are easy to install. Just be sure the equipment and the installation conforms to NFPA 70 National Electric Code, the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, NFPA 111 Stored Energy and Standby Power, UL 924, and where necessary, UL 1008.

I know that's a mouthful, but today, compliance with codes and standards is essential.

And finally, many occupancies, such as warehouses or industrial manufacturing operations often employ the use of other photo-luminescent tapes or markings that enhance the means of egress travel. Occasionally, tapes that have photo luminescent properties are added so in order to augment the existing emergency lighting systems. In the event of power failure, not only the emergency lighting provides what is required, but the additional benefit of photoluminescence helps aid in the evacuation of personnel.

Be sure to be mindful of the maintenance and testing provisions of the code, and the minimum 90 minute illumination requirement for means of egress emergency lighting. Remember too that photo luminescent signs and tapes do not replace the provision for the 90 minutes of illumination.

Mighty Line Glow in Dark Floor Tape Spotlight

Mighty Line glow-in-the-dark tape is a crucial tool for enhancing safety and visibility in exit pathways, especially in environments where lighting conditions can change suddenly or power outages may occur. This photo-luminescent tape absorbs light and emits a bright glow, ensuring that exit paths remain clearly visible in the dark, providing an essential guide during evacuations or emergencies.

Mighty Line floor tape is made in the USA and shipped worldwide through our dedicated dealer network. Mighty Line has been the heavy duty brand of floor tape for facilities for over 20 years.

One of the primary benefits of using Mighty Line glow-in-the-dark tape in exit ways is its ability to increase safety. In situations where power failures lead to sudden darkness, the luminous properties of the tape can help prevent panic by clearly marking the path to safety. This can significantly reduce the risk of accidents or injuries during evacuations, as individuals are able to quickly and safely navigate through exit routes without confusion.

Moreover, Mighty Line tape is known for its durability and ease of installation. Unlike electrical emergency lighting systems, which can fail during power outages or require regular maintenance, glow-in-the-dark tape is a low-maintenance solution that continues to operate without the need for electricity. Its robust adhesive backing ensures that it stays firmly in place even in high-traffic areas, making it a reliable safety feature over time. It provides enough exit lighting to allow people to exit safely.

Additionally, the use of such photo-luminescent tape can enhance compliance with safety regulations and standards, which often mandate the clear marking of exit pathways in public and commercial buildings. By installing Mighty Line glow-in-the-dark tape, facility managers can ensure that their buildings meet these requirements, potentially avoiding legal and financial repercussions.

In summary, Mighty Line glow-in-the-dark tape is an invaluable asset for marking exit ways, offering enhanced safety, reliability, and compliance with safety standards. Mighty Line glow in dark provides enough exit lighting to find the safest emergency exits. Its ability to provide clear, luminous guidance during emergencies makes it an essential component of any comprehensive safety plan.

Of course, be sure to consult the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code for details on emergency lighting, means of egress, exit signage, width of travel, travel times and illumination.

Lastly, be sure to take a look at Mighty Line's full catalog of floor tapes and floor signs to see how their products can be helpful to you in establishing a safe means of egress. These may include striping, photoluminescence and other signage that will help augment the existing program that you have put into place. Thanks again. We look forward to seeing you in a future podcast. Have a safe day!

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