The Importance of Emergency Light Testing

Are you testing the emergency light of your property regularly? If not, then you seriously need to add emergency light testing to your safety procedures. Why?

 

  1. Make sure your system is at its full operational status 

What’s the use of installing emergency lights if they won’t work during the most critical situations? Like all things, your emergency light systems will deteriorate in time, especially when they are not frequently used. If you don’t do emergency light testing regularly, you can’t be sure that they’ll do what they are designed to do during an outage.

 

  1. Comply with the UK Safety Standards 

As the building owner, you have to make sure that the exit routes are safe and properly illuminated for the people leaving the building. To guarantee this, you must do daily, monthly, and annual check-ups for fixtures and battery.  Take note that emergency light testing is not a recommendation but a requirement of the law under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the British Standards BS 5266-1:2016, and BS EN 50172. If your emergency signages fail to work during a crisis because you did not perform tests, then you have violated the law.

 

  1. Avoid hefty penalties 

Evacuating the building premises without an emergency lighting system could mean life or death. That’s why the penalties for not doing mandatory emergency light testing are steep. In fact, you can even face criminal charges. If you have records that prove your compliance and adherence to the regulations, you can avoid the costly fines and punishment.

 

  1. Minimise liabilities 

Your negligence and non-compliance can lead to accidents and injuries. Sooner or later after the emergency, you will face your tenants or employees claiming employer’s liability insurance.

 

  1. Claim insurance 

Claiming building insurance policy can be difficult if you cannot show proof that you are doing your legal obligations. Without the records of your emergency light testing, your insurance may be voided.

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