How to plan your Emergency Lighting

The installation of emergency lighting and fire exit signs in your business premises must meet current legislation and fit in with the everyday running of the business. So it’s vital that you conduct a full survey of the premises.

The specific legal requirements are:

  • The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996
    Specifies  that final exits and locations where the escape route may be unclear must have signs installed to reduce uncertainty
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
    requires installed signs to comply with BS 5266-1 and BS EN 60598-2-22
  • Building Regulations
    Also require compliance to BS 5266-1
  • Local Authorities and Fire Prevention Officers
    It’s a good idea to check with your local authority and Fire Prevention Officer regarding signage and lighting. They have the experience and advice which can help you in this respect.


Six point check list

We put together a step by step checklist to help you plan your emergency lighting as quickly and easily as possible.


Take a tour of your premises making a note of potential hazards to people in an evacuation scenario, any high-risk liquid storage areas and areas where there could be sources of ignition.


Identify those who may be at risk and the route people would take in an emergency where the premises needed to be evacuated.


Conduct a full evaluation of fire safety equipment and evacuation measures required to ensure that the procedures in place are appropriate for your premises.


Looking at the results of the evaluation, draw up  a plan of improvements to existing procedures and equipment. Then implement the changes to ensure full compliancy.


Create an Emergency Lighting Record of all findings from the evaluation and improvements made to the emergency lighting system and file the document safely. This document must also contain a formal plan to state the frequency of testing the lighting units and how it will be carried out.


The Emergency Lighting Records must be reviewed regularly and revised when any changes are made to the premises or legislation changes. All types of change should be recorded within the document.



This is only a short guide to the essentials required to ensure your emergency lighting procedures are fully compliant. Fire Guard Services‘ engineers are trained to the highest standard to certify your emergency lighting system will work properly in the event of an emergency. For more information on this or any of our other services use our contact form to receive a call back.