Should Electricians Install Emergency Lighting For a School Or Business?
A common question that we are frequently asked is – do you install emergency lighting for commercial premises and schools.
You might think that this is just an extension of any other form of security lighting. But you’d be very wrong. There are strict rules and regulations that your system needs to adhere to.
Why you shouldn’t hire an electrician to install Emergency Lighting in your workplace
Electricians shouldn’t be designing and installing Emergency Lighting systems because they:
- may not be insured for this type of work; and
- don’t have the required training. Even if they have all the best ELECTRICAL accreditations and qualifications.
A later inspection of an installation by accredited professionals often reveals issues that electricians will not have considered. They don’t know what they don’t know about emergency lighting.
- If any or all of the regular lighting is switched off, the Emergency Lighting needs to come on.
- Often, corridors are only fitted with illuminated exit signs. Any inspection by an accredited professional with a light meter will reveal that the illumination is far less than that required by legislation!
- To comply with regulations, most commercial buildings require a lot more emergency lights than you might think.
Don’t let your business become a horror story!
For the Responsible Person at any business, balancing budget with Fire Safety can be a tricky tightrope to walk.
It’s easy to look for shortcuts to save on costs. But buying cheap may not get the compliance you require… And you could end up buying twice!
It’s a false economy and the perfect way to fall foul of emergency lighting regulations and the Fire Safety Inspector!
Whether you’re aware of the risk and trying to save some cash, or you were oblivious to the severe repercussions stated above, choosing an unaccredited electrician to install Emergency Lighting in your commercial premises is a bad move.
You could face a jail sentence or unlimited fines.
Look for NSI Gold accreditation covering BAFE SP203-4 Emergency Lighting Scheme The Design, Installation, Commissioning and Handover, Verification and Maintenance of Emergency Lighting Systems to BS 5266-1:2016 to make sure you’re covered!
Gainsborough stick to excellent electrical work
Gainsborough are NICEIC approved so our electrical work is backed by guarantee and you know you’re in safe hands. The flip side of that is – we don’t do anything we’re not fully qualified for!
We will happily provide the best service for anything from a small domestic job to a whole commercial building rewire. We can also point you to an accredited company for emergency lighting installation that comes highly recommended, just ask below!
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