2nd July 2019 –
8 Step Emergency Lighting Checklist
Emergency lighting is one of the most overlooked building safety components although it is one of the most crucial. When a fire occurs, these lights illuminate safe exit routes. Without emergency lighting, even in a familiar building, finding your way out of it in an emergency can be much more difficult.
This is why you should be checking on a monthly and annual basis that your emergency lighting is working correctly. Generally, both checks can be done by the allocated fire safety responsible person for your premises.
Here’s a guide on how to carry out a monthly emergency lighting safety check.
- All emergency lighting tests require the mains electricity supply to be switched off – plan ahead to avoid disruption.
- Use the specialist key switch to test the lighting.
- Use the fuse box if you do not have access to a key switch.
- Check that all the emergency lighting is working.
- Once the lights have been checked, restore the mains supply and check that the green LED light is illuminated within the light fittings.
- Clean the emergency lights if needed.
- For fluorescent lighting, check for significant areas of black on the lamp and replace if needed.
- Log the fire safety test in the fire safety logbook and report any further actions required.
For annual emergency lighting checks, you will need to switch off the mains power supply to the lighting unit and leave the emergency lighting illuminated for the maximum period, this is usually 3 hours. If the lights do not stay illuminated for the maximum period, then the back-up battery will need replacing.
For more information or guidance on the installation and maintenance of emergency lighting in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, download our free fire safety ebook!