Cintas Shines a Light on Emergency and Exit Light Maintenance MisconceptionsSource: Business Wire
Spring is the perfect time to prepare lights for summer storm season
“Many facilities’ emergency lighting may have been utilized during the
harsh winter months, and those same devices may be needed even more
during the summer. Checking in on these devices during the seasonal
transition can help prepare your facility for future outages,” said
Myth: Power outages occur more frequently in the winter.
Fact: Hot summer weather places greater stress on power systems, with more severe storms occurring during this time.3 Plus, demand for power increases when people turn up their air conditioning. These two factors have historically contributed to more power outages during the summer months.
Myth: Workers that are familiar with their environment would be
confident navigating their facility if a power outage occurred.
Fact: Actually, a 2017 Harris Poll commissioned on behalf of
Cintassurveyed 2,072 U.S. adults and found that more than a third (34 percent) would not feel very confident in their ability to navigate the building safely. The poll also found that if the lights went out at their place of work, 50 percent of U.S. adults would not feel very confident in their ability to walk up and down stairs safely.
Myth: Emergency light test and inspection requirements are the
same for everyone.
Fact: Test and inspection requirements for emergency lights may vary by jurisdiction. Organizations must contact their local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to confirm they meet all applicable requirements.
Myth: AHJs regularly check in to verify that organizations are
meeting applicable requirements.
Fact: In reality, AHJs may not proactively reference these requirements at all, and these visits may vary by market. Fostering a relationship with the AHJ can give facility managers a better understanding of expectations and requirements.
“As businesses prepare for the next wave of extreme weather, now is a good time to inspect and test emergency and exit lighting to address any potential issues before they occur,” said Brummel.
To learn more about emergency lighting, download the white paper, “Emergency Lights: An Often Overlooked but Critical Component to a Building’s Life Safety System,” here: cintas.com/emergencylightdata.
For more information about Cintas Fire Protection, visit cintas.com/fire-protection-services.
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