Exit and emergency lighting testing Adelaide
Any fire safety plan should include the assessment, installation and maintenance of certain types of safety equipment. Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and alarms are some of the equipment items that should be evaluated and inspected on a routine schedule. Exit and emergency lighting testing is also an extremely important part of your fire safety plan and maintenance schedule.
The Importance of Lighting
Exit and emergency lighting provides a crucial service during a fire event. Smoke is often one of the most lethal factors of a fire. A smoke filled room or hallway can disorient and prevent people from recognizing a safe exit. The right emergency lighting can save lives by easily distinguishing exits and helping people to reach safety.
Stay In Compliance Australian standards require that most buildings have exit and emergency lighting in place and operational. To stay in compliance, your facility should have an exit and emergency lighting testing process in place. Australian Standard AS2293.2 outlines the process for testing and inspection of emergency lighting equipment.
Some of the steps that should be taken during exit and emergency lighting testing include:
- Maintain a record of all equipment, the location, inspection dates and other activities performed to keep the lighting operational
- Confirm the location of all luminaires and signs, and perform an assessment to determine if the location is appropriate or if additional luminaires or signs are needed
- Simulate a mains power failure and perform a discharge test for the lighting. The lighting load should take on 100 percent of the load, and last throughout the duration of the test process. The minimum duration should be 90 minutes
- During the testing, visually inspect the lighting and signs to confirm they are visible and in working order
- Once the testing is completed all lighting systems should be returned to normal operating mode and all batteries should be recharged fully
- Any luminary units that do not operate properly or fail the load testing should be repaired or replaced as quickly as possible
- Document any issues and confirm that inspection tags are in place for all units
Exit and emergency lighting testing should be scheduled every six months and including a cleaning for reflective surfaces with the inspection process. Work with Fire Safety Professionals
Fire Safe Services is available to assist in the assessment, inspection and repair or replacement of emergency lighting and exit signage. The experts at Fire Safe Services can help your facility to be compliant with Australian Standards and also keep your personnel safe during a fire emergency.