Exit Signs / Emergency Lighting
Emergency lighting equipment is designed to provide illumination during power outages due to fires, power outages, and tripped electrical breakers. The purpose of emergency lights are to illuminate paths of egress, illuminated exit signs to identify safe exits. AFPS uses National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 [Life Safety] and NFPA 70 [National Electrical Code] as the standard for inspections and maintaining emergency lighting equipment.
NFPA 101 requires the equipment owner is responsible for assuring that illuminated Emergency Exit Signs and Emergency Lights (“E-Lights”) are properly maintained. Occupants can be in peril if critical routine maintenance is neglected, or is not performed by properly trained individuals with the correct tools, equipment and replacement parts. E-Lights are required to be inspected at least monthly. A monthly inspection of E-Lights is a “quick check” of the E-Light fixture. For E-Lights, the following procedures must be performed for monthly inspections: Check for physical damage to the exterior of the unit (test switch, pilot lamp, broken heads, etc.). Verify that the AC Ready light is on. Verify that the bulbs on Exit Signs are illuminated. Verify that the red or green diffuser on Exit Signs are not bleached, faded, burnt or cracked. Verify that the lamps on Emergency Lights and Exit Signs equipped with a battery backup illuminate when the test switch is depressed (press and hold Test Switch for a minimum of 30 seconds) Verify that the lamps on Emergency Lights are properly aligned and secure.
E-Lights are required to be tested at annual basis. The annual test Alliance performs includes the following: 1]. check for physical damage to the exterior of the unit (test switch, pilot lamp, broken heads, etc.). 2]. check the operation of the unit by exercising the test button; 3]. open the unit and check the tightness and cleanliness of battery terminals. 4]. measure the battery “Float Voltage” with a DC Voltmeter to assure that the battery charger is functioning properly. 5]. use a Battery Analyzer to perform a Battery Load Test (or Battery Burn Test as may be required by Local authority) to assure that the battery is functioning properly. 6]. Verify that all lamps are working properly. 7]. Replace defective parts as needed (batteries and bulbs). 8]. A certification of service sticker will be applied to each exit/emergency light inspected.
NFPA 101 Life Safety Code & OSHA both require that exit and emergency lighting devices be in place, tested at regular intervals and be in proper working order. We provide a report that contains all the relevant information for the fire marshal and your insurance company. Take the worry out of keeping track of schedules. Let AFPS track them for you. A practical evacuation plan must include comprehensive exit and emergency lighting systems. When the power goes out or smoke obscures the view, the glowing lights of a well-planned emergency and exit lighting system become beacons to occupants’ safety. We carry a full line of exit and emergency lighting systems, as well as bulbs, batteries, protective guards and replacement parts.