In a building whose emergency lighting does not work properly, any setback could end in disaster. Having an evacuation system that meets the standard is essential to transform spaces into safe places and, ultimately, save lives.
To ensure that the installed system is adequate, it is recommended, among other things, that a third party certify it. Since Stonex, systems partner safety lighting de EATON, they offer us some keys to ensure the quality and reliability of emergency lighting.
- Risks evaluation
Any building frequented by workers or external visitors is susceptible to be submitted by law, according to European regulations, to an assessment of security risks. This test investigates whether the installed emergency lighting system works correctly and complies with the requirements of the standard with regard to minimum illumination, battery life and maximum brightness of the luminaire. If a property fails to meet these minimums, it may incur criminal offenses.
2. Third-party certification
One way to get insurance when acquiring emergency lighting equipment is to opt for those products that have been approved by certifying companies such as ENEC, specialized in the certification of technological equipment that meet the strictest European standards. It is responsible for assessing whether the components of an emergency lighting system have been designed and manufactured, installed and used according to the good practices established by the engineering of each manufacturer, as well as that they have been located in the corresponding place.
3. Look into the future.
When considering the need to install or renew an emergency or evacuation lighting system, it is pertinent to ask: where are the market and regulations going? A team that has been certified and meets the standard will be more expensive entry. However, it will also be more profitable in the long term. Components with a longer useful life, less maintenance costs, lower consumption, etc. We must also consider that, in general, the regulations on safety will tend to be more restrictive over time, so equipping yourself with a cutting-edge system will always be a success.
4. Positioning of the luminaires.
The correct placement of emergency luminaires is vital to achieve optimal evacuation in the event of an event. The key places where the lighting must be installed are, among others: along the escape routes, in the changes of direction, in the flights of stairs with a perfect illumination of the steps, near the fire-fighting equipment and First aid, outside the exit or at the end of a safe place.
5. Study space.
To guarantee the fastest and safest way to the exit or another place considered out of danger is the leitmotiv Main emergency lighting. Nowadays it is not enough just to indicate where the exit is, but also to take into account the diversity of setbacks that may occur during an evacuation. It is time to innovate with systems that allow us to anticipate different scenarios, such as technology adaptive evacuation de EATON, partner of Stonex, capable of indicating several possible paths or blocking exits, according to the location of the danger.
6. Maintenance and service: the key to success.
Above all the above, the most important thing in an evacuation system is that it works correctly. A regular maintenance that ensures the good condition of batteries and luminaires is the minimum to comply with the regulations. One of the most profitable long-term solutions is to choose monitoring systems, which will reduce the cost of manual tests. The software CGLine + of EATON It has been designed to offer information in real time on the status of luminaires and batteries, as well as automatically create the logbook. In this way an optimization of human and economic resources is guaranteed.
7. Signs in order.
All the luminaires that compose the evacuation system must meet minimum requirements of brightness, color and contrast between colors. The only way to get it right is to rely solely on reputable and reliable manufacturers like EATON and integrators that ensure the correct functioning of the entire system, such as STONEX.
In Spain, the company Stonex is a partner of EATON. As a national reference in professional lighting, emergency lighting and stage engineering, Stonex has more than 39 years of experience offering integral solutions for the sectors of entertainment, entertainment and architecture; comprising the design, supply, installation and maintenance of scenic equipment and premium lighting.