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What to Do If You Have a Business Lighting Emergency

Safety is one of the most important things for any business or property manager to maximize.  There are many ways to enhance security for a commercial building but one that should never be overlooked is the importance of emergency lighting and signage.  If the power goes out it could lead to fear, danger, and mass chaos.  Whether you run a school, operate a hospital, have a retail space, or have a typical business office – every commercial building needs to know what to do if they have a business lighting emergency.

First, it is important to note that many commercial buildings have emergency lighting and exit sign requirements to which they must adhere.  There are many different emergency light options that will not fail in the event of a power outage.  They are battery operated and can provide light for a particular length of time (for example: 90 minutes).  It is important to perform regular checks on the batteries, much like smoke detectors, to ensure that the batteries are in working order so that the lights will actually work if a power outage happens.

The best way to know what to do in a business lighting emergency is to have a preparedness plan and practice it.  Identify where people are most likely to walk, where exits are, etc. and ensure there is proper emergency lighting in all of those places.  Device an exit plan and safe, well-lit meeting place for employees.  Electrical Construction & Maintenance Magazine elaborates on the importance of emergency lighting for businesses and commercial buildings, “For large commercial or industrial facilities that may not have windows or those that continue operations during the night shift, a power outage can create a kind of panic that feeds on itself and intensifies when a large crowd experiences sudden darkness — at times prompting serious injuries or even fatalities. That’s where emergency lighting comes in. Without it, occupants would have to navigate great distances through rooms filled with obstacles, darkened hallways, and stairs to reach safety.”  Work with an experienced lighting contractor who can ensure you have adequate emergency lighting and exit signs in place to keep your business safe in the event of a business lighting emergency.

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