Do schools need emergency lighting?

Do Schools need Emergency Lighting?

The simple answer is YES!

The law states that Emergency Lighting within an educational facility must provide a sufficient level of illumination and signage to allow all occupants to safely evacuate the building in the event of a mains power failure

A common myth in our industry relays that schools are exempt from installing emergency lighting systems as pupils usually leave at 3.30 pm when there is still daylight and therefore emergency exits are still illuminated within the building. However, not only are some rooms within schools windowless but most, if not all, educational facilities are used out of hours by staff, caretakers or for events that involve groups of people; like a parents’ evening, breakfast club or sporting event. Without emergency lighting to illuminate the exit from the educational facility in both of these instances, the building would not be compliant and would put the safety of children and the building’s other occupants at risk.

The person responsible for the duty of care of the staff, pupils and visitors within the school needs to consider both the emergency escape lighting and escape route signage throughout the building. The school’s emergency lighting must then be regularly tested to demonstrate that the lighting will operate as required in the event of an emergency that results in emergency evacuation.

The safety of pupils and the employees that work within an educational facility are our top priority

Here at BLE we provide and manufacture a range of fully-compliant, high quality, reliable emergency lighting solutions maintained by an effective Quality Management System, complemented with membership of the LIA and ICEL, together with ISO9001:2015 and CHAS accreditations.

All of this is supported by our team of lighting experts who are here to take a front-facing role in assisting schools, external FM providers and preferred contractors in selecting the right system for the building and meeting legislation compliance, ensuring students and employees are able to evacuate safely should the need arise.

Updating your emergency lighting system could even save you money

The developments in lighting technologies, particularly LED Technology, provides the opportunity to reduce energy costs, maintenance costs and carbon footprint, whilst improving the quality and controllability of lighting in the teaching environment.

With over 50 years of experience in Emergency Lighting and Power, we have worked in the education sector on:
• New build and expansion projects
• Refurbishment and renovation of facilities
• Equipment upgrades
• Planned maintenance and testing
• Emergency products repair or replacement

Contact us to learn more about how we can ensure the safety of your school.