Emergency lighting systems should be periodically tested and inspected to ensure that it is in good working order in case of an evacuation.
BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004 (Emergency escape lighting systems) outlines the minimum provision and testing of emergency lighting for different properties. Additional information on servicing can be found in BS 5266-1: 2011 (Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises).
In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Fire Precautions Workplace 1997, the Duty Holder in charge for the maintenance of the installation is legally obligated to ensure that the system installed is in full working order and follows to BS5266 pt 1.
To test an emergency lighting system, a mains power failure on the normal lighting circuits or individual luminaries must be simulated. This will force the emergency lighting system to operate via the battery supply. This test can be carried out manually or automatically.
Why are emergency lighting inspections important?
During the event of a fire, it is vital that occupants can leave the building quickly and safely. The emergency lighting aids occupants to find the nearest emergency exits. To ensure that these lights are working effectively, regular tests and maintenance is required.
Will this service disrupt the running of my business?
This is possible; however, it depends on which services are carried out during the visit and the condition of the electrical circuits and appliances that are being serviced. For example, a faulty wire that is being repaired may require the electrics being turned off. Our engineers are aware that businesses need to run as normal, therefore they will try and prevent disruption wherever they can.