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Emergency Lighting & Signs

emergency exit sign

Local, state and national codes, along with insurance company requirements, dictate that all commercial, industrial, institutional and certain multi-family residential facilities have appropriate means of egress marked with readily visible signs installed and properly maintained. In certain cases, emergency lighting of the means of egress must also be provided. Additionally, a facility owner is required to inspect the fixtures monthly, arrange for annual test and maintenance, and have equipment maintenance records available. Spears Fire & Safety Services can accomplish all these requirements for a facility owner.

Inspect Fixtures Monthly

A facility owner is required to make sure that an inspection is conducted at least monthly of all exit and emergency lights and that a 30-second functional test is conducted on all battery-powered fixtures. If deficiencies are noted, immediate corrective action must be taken. Personnel making inspections must keep records of all units inspected, including those found to require corrective action. Spears Fire & Safety Services can accomplish the monthly inspection and/or corrective actions for a facility owner.

The inspection must include at least the following:

  • Test the integrity of the lamp and battery through test button for 30 seconds
  • Check each light for physical damage
  • Align beams and tighten if necessary
  • Check AC and charge lamps if applicable
  • Replace burnt-out bulbs

Annual Maintenance

All battery-powered exit and emergency lights must be maintained at least annually per code requirements plus the manufacturer’s directions. This includes a full function test on every battery-powered exit and emergency lighting system. Equipment shall be fully operational for the duration of the test. Steps include, but are not limited to:

  • 90-minute full function test
  • Disconnect AC power supply to each unit
  • Check battery and lens for sulfation/corrosion
  • Clean unit and lens
  • Adjust beam for proper alignment
  • Check charging system voltage
  • Check battery voltage output

Troubleshooting/repair may include but is not limited to:

  • Checking charging system voltage and adjusting to correct level
  • Checking battery output voltage
  • Checking line voltage to remote fixtures

Removal and Disposal of Old Batteries

Spears Fire & Safety Services will remove all discarded batteries from the worksite. They will be disposed of in an appropriate manner, in keeping with laws and regulations dealing with rechargeable batteries.