Do I need Emergency & Exit Lighting? This is the most common question we get asked over the phone. And the answer is not always straight forward, to give you a good idea of whether or not you need to install Emergency & Exit Lighting here are some key points to consider in relation to the space in question.
Is the floor area over 300m2? If so the answer is simple – Emergency & Exit Lighting is always required.
Otherwise, you must consider factors like, class of building, public access, natural light and layout of walls/rooms.
Different classes of buildings have different requirements, for instance a class 9 building will always require Emergency & Exit Lighting, whereas a class 1 will never require Emergency & Exit Lighting.
If you have a property where members of the public are likely to be invited into, say a shop or doctors surgery then Emergency & Exit Lighting is always recommended.
According to the Building Code of Australia (BCA), if the exit from any room does not open onto a space with adequate natural light (in the event of an emergency) then Emergency & Exit Lighting is required. This can be interpreted many ways but the simplest way is, if you are in any room on the property and you went out the most obvious door, or door you just came through, in the event of no power at any time of day, could you see where you needed to go to get out? If your building has glass walls then this is likely but if doors of different rooms open up onto corridors or other areas then trying to get out in an emergency can be difficult.
There are so many different scenarios that I could be here for hours going through each, but give us a call on 0410 548 994to discuss your property today!