Emergency lighting provides temporary lighting in the event of power loss in public buildings. Emergency lighting should be installed and maintained to the highest standard so as it operates satisfactorily when called into action. It must be installed in accordance with EAWR 1989, BS5266; Part 1, Code of practice for emergency lighting.

Why should statutory legislation requires Emergency lighting systems be installed and maintained properly?

(i) It indicates clearly the escape route in an emergency such as power loss or fire.

(ii) It provides well illuminated escape route to allow for safe movement toward exits.

(iii) It ensures that fire alarm call points and fire fighting equipment are easily located.

(iv) It provides for Standby lightings for example in hospitals, factories, industries or when an operation or process once started, needs to be continued even in the event of power loss.

The system as required by law needs to be maintained to the level of its full operation and this is done through regular inspection, testing and repairs.