Contract Labour Solutions Provide Emergency Lighting Installation in Birmingham

When it comes to installing emergency lighting for Birmingham businesses, Contract Labour Solutions takes its responsibilities extremely seriously. Power can fail as the result of outages, localised faults, fires, floods or natural disasters. Whatever the cause, emergency lighting is crucial to the safety of everyone in the building. UK Fire Safety Legislation stipulates that lighting for 3 specific purposes be available in the case of a power cut:

  1. Open Area Lighting. This is known as ‘panic lighting’. Open areas are lit in an emergency in order to reduce the panic that might ensue in the dark.
  2. Escape Route Lighting. This lighting serves the dual purpose of providing illuminated escape routes, and helping to locate fire fighting equipment.
  3. High Risk Task Area Lighting. Providing light in areas where system may need to be shut down to safeguard the building against further danger.


Does Every Business Require Emergency Lighting?

The priority, if the power fails because of fire, or other hazards, is that everyone in the building be able to find their way out safely. Businesses that have plenty of ‘borrowed light’ from windows and glass facades may not need to install emergency lighting. However, careful assessment is needed for each individual business, to determine the design and extent of emergency lighting required.

Where Should Emergency Lighting Be Positioned?

Fire Safety Legislation requires that emergency lighting design and installation includes lighting positioned:

  • Along all escape routes
  • Illuminating every change in direction along escape routes
  • Near to all steps or trip hazards
  • Above every flight of stairs, ensuring each step is directly lit
  • Beside fire fighting equipment, and call points
  • Alongside First Aid Stations
  • Outside every final exit

Emergency lighting systems are always designed to operate when the normal power systems have failed. They will either operate as a self-contained system, therefore, or a central battery. The choice will be determined in early consultation, dependent on the size and requirements of the business.


Emergency Lighting Installation Testing

As is the case with any critical infrastructure installation, emergency lighting requires regular testing and maintenance checks. The regulatory body recommends that there’s monthly and yearly testing of the system:

1. Monthly Emergency Lighting Test

Every month the system should be ‘flick-tested’. This means that a switch isolating the emergency lighting circuits is ‘flicked’ manually. Every light included in the emergency lighting design should then be checked, to ensure they’re working properly. Each test needs to be formally recorded, and any repairs or actions need to be noted in the record.

2. Annual Emergency Lighting Test

Emergency lights are required to operate for at least 3 hours, to ensure that everyone is able to leave the building safely. Once a year, therefore, the 3 hour duration needs to be tested in real time. Often this test is carried out alongside alarm system maintenance. The results of the annual test is then recorded formally.


CLS Design and Install Emergency Lighting for Birmingham Businesses

We know that lives can depend on an emergency lighting installation. That’s why we use accredited electricians who are trained to understand and achieve compliance with Fire Safety Legislation. We tailor our emergency lighting installations in collaboration with individual businesses, and provide follow up monthly, and yearly testing of the system.


If you require an emergency lighting installation for your Birmingham business, call CLS on 0121 647 2127/07791 697060 We create tailored, fully compliant designs and ongoing support.