Fire Safety Signs and Escape Route Signs

Fire safety signs are used to indicate the location of fire exits, escape routes and assembly points. They also give simple, easy to follow instructions for fire safety procedures. Carrying out a risk assessment will identify which fire safety signs are needed and where.

Signs must be used, where necessary, to help people identify escape routes, find firefighting equipment and emergency fire telephones. These signs are required under the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 and must comply with the provisions of those regulations.

All escape route signs require adequate illumination to ensure they can be seen and understood. They should also be visible under power loss conditions which may require artificial illumination. This does not mean the sign itself needs to be ‘illuminated’. Many illuminated signs are installed where they are not required, which can be an unnecessary expense. Illuminated signs use electricity, often need bulbs replacing and require ongoing maintenance. Plain signs are often sufficient as they are usually illuminated with natural, conventional or emergency lighting.

We recommend that photoluminescent signs are used which although slightly more expensive than conventional signs are much cheaper than illuminated signs but stand out much more than conventional signs and ‘glow’ in the dark.

Jalite AAA photoluminescent vinyl is our preferred substrate for this and is a market leader in supplied products.

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