While the typical person might not walk around thinking about emergency lighting, they are a necessity of life today. Think about it: millions upon millions of people across the United States and throughout the world walk into educational campuses, healthcare facilities and other locations on a daily basis. Sure, some might be familiar with the building, but most aren’t and during an emergency it’s imperative to have a well-lit bath to safety.
This is where emergency lighting comes in.
Emergency lighting standards seek to provide guidelines for visual conditions that make safe and timely evacuation possible – while attempting to calm panic. This is particularly true in schools and universities, in addition to hospitals. If an emergency situation occurs, a well lit path can help to bring order to the chaos…even during a hurricane, tornado or fire.
According to the following specifications, it’s readily apparent that victims of an emergency will be more likely to survive when they can see:
Take a look at one of the most tragic events in recent U.S. history — the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers. The 9-11 Commission discovered emergency lighting systems failed during the attacks, which left victims struggling to escape in stairwells filled with smoke and darkness.
Fires alone in the United States caused 3,005 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries and $11.7 billion in property damage in 2011. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), first responders from fire departments in America responded to an approximate average of more than 6,000 structure fires in or on healthcare properties per year between 2006 and 2010. Additionally, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 3,800 university housing fires occur every year in America.
The number of fires becomes a greater concern for school and medical campuses when considering the number of visitors who are unfamiliar with the buildings. In hospitals, the average inpatient admission is for less than five days. This timeframe gives patients and their visitors little opportunity to become familiar with the best exit route during an emergency. College campuses are similar in their changing landscape because of the large population of visitors, students, faculty and staff. Often, occupants may visit four or five buildings on a daily basis and may not be familiar with every building they enter.
Accidents are not solely limited to building occupants in healthcare facilities and school buildings. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 70,000 firefighters suffered injuries on the job in 2011. And while emergency lighting is only one factor, it could dramatically impact the ability of first responders to safely and quickly navigate unfamiliar surroundings to reach victims — placing themselves and civilians at risk.
Most schools, universities or even occupants of a hospital, including nurses, doctors and other staff, are rarely aware of emergency precautions. Sure, during grade school we are all accustomed to “fire drills” to prepare us for a potential disaster, but as adults this is a rarity. Because of that, emergency lighting such as LED exit signs, self-contained emergency lighting units and other lighting features are our only source of guidance.
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