3 Ways to Enhance Your Emergency Exits
According to building safety requirements, every building must have a required amount of lit emergency exit signs. A lit exit sign with an arrow pointing in the correct direction is mandatory anywhere the closest fire escape route is not immediately apparent. The outside doors must be labeled with a similar exit sign, indicating which entrance to the secure outdoor areas. Keep in mind that you need to fulfill the requirements of a fire marshal.
Panic and complicated corridor arrangements, especially in large buildings with many employees or customers, can cause people to become lost, turn around, and even miss the evident exit signs illuminating nearby. As a result, many facilities choose to enhance their emergency exit lights in creative and eye-catching ways. When panic and smoke are present, arrows leading people in the proper direction, glowing paths, and other emergency exits can save lives.
Let's look at five appropriate and practical ways to safely move your building's people outside in a fire situation or incident that requires evacuation.
Embedding Glowing Arrow
Many individuals will cling to a wall and try to follow it to the nearest exit to prevent being trampled and provide some stability in an emergency where people are terrified and pressing into one another to escape. In a long corridor or a maze of office hallways, people may also be unclear on which direction to go. A simple succession of glowing red arrows that light up with the fire alarm can make all the difference for someone who is scared and potentially a first-timer in your building.
The most significant area to embed these arrows into your wall design is at the approximate elbow to shoulder height. As a result, individuals can follow them and reach the safer side.
Embedding Chevron on the Floor:
For years, tile patterns have been used as guide routes in smartly built commercial properties. While visitors may not know, staff and regular clients may be aware that the yellow line leads to the cafeteria, the blue line to the restroom, and a cluster of green tiles indicate the presence of elevators. Using red emergency-lit floor tiles in the shape of arrow chevrons pointing toward the nearest emergency exit, you may guide regular customers and first-time visitors to the exits.
These tiles are essential, but if the power goes out or the brightness increases, people will be able to figure out that the flashing arrows on the floor will lead them to a safe place.
Your building was likely built with opening windows to allow people to escape from the ground floor or onto fire escapes. You have every reason to use these emergency exits as they were supposed to be used if these fire escapes are well-maintained. However, not every person in a building with window-access fire escapes takes advantage of them in an emergency.
If your building has fire escapes, it's good to have them evaluated and sanctioned before installing emergency exit signs. Building occupants who are shut off from usual escape routes can opt to escape through a window instead.
These are some of the effective ways of enhancing your emergency exits. Keep in mind that people panic, so all your planning should be kept in mind in accordance with a chaotic situation. These three ways will surely be a good help in making emergency exits and signs better.