Emergency situations are difficult to prepare for. You can create a simple, yet effective evacuation plan. You can train your employees and practice your plan.
But if the unthinkable actually happens, how will your employees and visitors respond?
Emergency egress and egress routes need to be easy to understand and follow if an evacuation of your facility is required.
Exits must be low to the ground and wide enough for your employees and guests to get through. Identifying these exits is also important.
Using highly visual signage, emergency lights, and glow-in-the-dark tape will help people locate a way out in the confusion and panic.
Finding a safe route to these exits is crucial. Identifying pathways and stairwells with signage and aisle tape provides an easy-to-follow route to safety.
Luminous egress markings are required in many larger buildings so pathways are easy to navigate even if the power goes out.
OSHA provides an Emergency Exit Route Fact Sheet outlining how employers can ensure exit routes are properly identified. It recommends:
- Providing lighting for exit routes adequate for employees with normal vision
- Posting signs along the exit access indicating the direction of travel to the nearest exit and exit discharge if that direction is not immediately apparent. Also, the line-of-sight to an exit sign must be clearly visible at all times
- Mark doors or passages along an exit access that could be mistaken for an exit, “Not an Exit” or with a sign identifying its use
- Install “EXIT” signs in plainly legible letters
2009 International Building Code (IBC) and Fire Code (IFC) Egress Regulations
The 2009 IBC and IFC state that luminous egress path markings shall be required in all new and existing institutional, educational, business, hotel, public assembly and R-1 residential buildings having occupied floors that are located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access (generally 5+ stories or floor levels).
According to the tenth chapter of the IBC and IFC, luminous markings are required for all doors, steps, landings, handrails, perimeters, and obstacles.
2009 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Egress Regulations
The 2009 NFPA 101: Life Safety Code includes new criteria for the complete marking of steps, handrails and door hardware. Revised standards also apply for the remoteness of exit accesses and exit discharges, intended to reduce the possibility of both paths becoming blocked by a single fire.
Compliance and Implementation
Building inspectors, zoning boards, fire marshals and other industry officials enforce these regulations. If a building is not up to code within a given amount of time, the owner is subjected to penalties and fines.
To help you comply with these regulations we offer a range of Photoluminescent signs and emergency egress pathway marking products.
If you need assistance, our compliance and material specialists can help you find the right emergency egress products for your facility.