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The Facts

Emergency Lighting is a necessary requirement in all premises where people are employed. It is a Life Safety System, which is designed to assist in the evacuation of a building in an emergency situation and in the event of a power failure. It is a mandatory requirement to be installed where artificial lighting is installed.


All employers, landlords or occupiers have a duty under the Fire Precaution (Workplace) Regulations and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to annually carry out a Risk Assessment to ensure their premises and activities are able to facilitate safe escape in the event of an emergency.

  • The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 5.(2)(h): states that “Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case lighting fails.”
  • It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that these systems are suitably maintained and checked to ensure they are safe and compliant. All emergency lighting systems should now be installed, tested and inspected in accordance with BS5266-1 (Emergency Lighting. Code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises) & BS7671(IET Wiring Regualtions).
  • It is also a requirement under Article 14.(2)(h) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that the person responsible for a premises ensures adequate emergency lighting has been installed.

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Where are emergency lights required?

Emergency lights are required in all areas where artificial lighting is installed including:

  • On escape routes
  • Open areas greater than 60 square metres
  • Areas of special risk
  • Near to stairs and adequate to shine direct lights on all treads
  • At any change of direction
  • At any changes in floor level
  • Near to corridors and intersections
  • Near to fire fighting equipment
  • Near to first aid points
  • Outside each final exit point

Why do we need to have our emergency lights tested?

Emergency lights are installed to assist in evacuating a building in the event of loss of supply to the mains lighting circuits. These lights automatically operate for between 1 and 3 hours on a battery back-up system and must be checked to ensure they will work for the required duration in the case of an emergency.


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