Are you aware that in all municipalities, your commercial property must have emergency lighting to be compliant with fire codes? Emergency lights are those that illuminate the exit routes for a commercial building. They are typically a well lit exit sign that will stay lit even in the midst of a blackout. The purpose is to mitigate chaos during an emergency by clearly outlining the exits during a fire, flood, or other emergency situation by directing employees and patrons to the best possible avenue in order to escape a potentially dangerous situation.
Due to the nature of emergency lighting, they must have a separate power supply in order to work when all other supplies are down to help you deal with the emergency situation at hand. In a perfect scenario, not only are the emergency exit lights mounted near the ceiling, but emergency floor lights are installed to make the exit path more visible, which aids in avoiding unnecessary accidents and injuries.
To truly follow all guidelines, know the OSHA and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines which require the following for means of egress, which is defined as “a continuous and unobstructed way of exit travel from any point in a building or structure to a public way and consists of three separate and distinct parts”: