Is Your Emergency Signage Sending The Right Message?

Is Your Emergency Signage Sending The Right Message?

In the event of a fire, will your emergency signage send out the right message? Most business owners immediately answer yes, without pausing to consider what their signage looks like at their business.

Imagine, clouds of smoke filling a room full of people at your business. In the ensuing panic, none of them see the polite, unlit signs showing exits that were last updated in 1970-something. Not only do you have a public relations nightmare for those that do manage to get out, but for those that don’t, it’s all the worse.

Preferred Types of Signs

If possible, install lighted signs that can save lives in an emergency. They not only glow through smoke, but they can be seen by those with visual disabilities far easier than flat, matte signs.

Signs should be placed at different height intervals around the room. All exit doors should have illuminated signage that states that it is indeed an exit to the outside. Stairwells should clearly say that they are stairs, not outdoor exits.

Clear signage saves lives when used in cooperation with alarms, emergency floodlights and other such materials. Ideal signage incorporates all of these into single fixtures. A blaring, glowing, flashing exit will attract the attention of even the most shocked or surprised employees and customers, funneling them toward it to safety.

Code Compliance

Ask a fire inspector to come to your business and advise you on local code. Most cities and states have their own websites where you can also look into it yourself. OSHA’s website is particularly helpful in tracking down names, numbers and resources to help you. ADA may also be of service, particularly in places where those with disabilities are often found.

Try to get your signage up to code before the inspector comes out. Fines are things to be avoided, and many inspectors will jump directly to fining rather than giving a period to fix your signage. Though it may be frustrating, remember that they only do this to keep your employees and customers safe in the event of an emergency.

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