Emergency Exit Signs With Lights And Other Safety Measures

By Krystal Branch

All buildings should have safety precautions in place. No matter where the building is located, or what its purpose, there should be both physical precautions, like installing fire alarms and fire extinguishers, and planning precautions, such as developing an evacuation procedure. Whether it is an office building, an apartment building, or a warehouse, there should be a plan for safe evacuation in the event of a blackout, an intruder, a fire, or any other type of disaster. Emergency exit signs with lights can be very helpful in these situations.

The most commonly thought of emergency is usually a fire. Fires can cause blackouts, but blackouts can also happen on their own. In a building that has many floors and therefore many flights of stairs, this can be one of the most dangerous things to occur. Lighted signs could make it much easier to find the way out when the building's regular lighting has failed.

Here are a few more tips for emergency preparedness:

1. Make sure access to the exit doors is not blocked. Perhaps the exit doors are located in stairwells that are sometimes locked, or perhaps someone has placed a large storage shelf in front of one of the doors. You need to look for these obstacles routinely, in order to remove them. An emergency exit is no good if it is inaccessible when the time comes to use it.

2. Develop an organized evacuation plan. When people become frightened, they often erupt into chaos. This can make a dangerous situation even more dangerous. In order to prevent, or at least mitigate, chaos, create a plan that will tell people specifically where to go and how to get out of the building. There should be at leas one person from every floor who is a leader and is particularly familiar with this plan.

3. Communicate regularly about the plan. Call a meeting every six months of the people who are designated on each floor. Review their duties and all of the procedures, and make them aware of any changes. This can help to ensure that you fill any gaps in the leadership, making sure that each area of the building is covered by an informed person. Let these people know that they need to tell someone if they become unable to perform their duties.

4. Post written instructions on the walls of the building. It is great and necessary to have your designated evacuation leaders on every floor. However, there might come a time when things have gotten so chaotic that these people are unable to reach everyone and provide instructions. This is one of the reasons why it helps to have the instructions posted on the walls, with diagrams.

Evacuation plans are one of those things that need to be in place even though we hope they never become necessary. The same is true for safety precautions such as fire alarms and emergency exit signs with lights. All of these things contribute to peace of mind for everyone in the building. It helps to know that they are there, should they be needed.

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