Safety lighting and signs
Emergency and safety lighting guides people in emergency situations. It ensures that escape and emergency routes remain visible even if the general lighting fails, reduces the risk of accidents and saves lives in emergencies. People can leave the building safely and emergency personnel can quickly reach the scene of the fire.
Emergency and safety lighting must be adapted to the individual building’s conditions and various different legal and technical requirements must also be taken into consideration. CWS Fire Safety advises and supports you so that you can choose the right lighting system. We will design and install the system in close collaboration with you.
Our service for markings
In an emergency, people want to find the quickest way out. This also reduces the risk of people panicking.
Independent and objective
We remain objective and help you to find exactly the right product for your needs.
As part of the building fire protection, corridor and safety lighting is a matter for the authorities. We fulfil all safety-relevant requirements.
Not only can we advise you, we can also take care of the installation and carry out regular functional tests.
Need for emergency and safety lighting
If artificial lighting fails or if people are in danger, safety guidance systems must take over their function. A failure could be caused by a power cut or the development of fire and smoke. Guidance systems show people the escape routes to outside or to a safe area. The
- Arbeitsstättenverordnung (§ 4 (3)),
- Technische Regeln für Arbeitsstätten ASR A3.1, A3.4.3,
- DIN EN 1838 (Emergency lighting) and
- VDE 0108 (High voltage systems and safety power supply in buildings for people gathering) specify the requirements for this.
Authorities and insurance providers often require the installation of safety lighting and this can also be incorporated in the fire safety concept. In addition to the safety lighting, you can also install acoustic warning and guidance systems. The combination of visual and acoustic escape route markings can help to speed up evacuation times
Overview of the regulations
Criteria for lighting and signage
Correct safety lighting is based on complex regulations. This includes criteria such as the illuminance, service life, emergency power supply and the marking of escape and emergency routes. Even escape and fire safety signs must follow precise specifications regarding the size, material and perception width, for example, and they must be installed above emergency exits and in corridors so that they are clearly visible.
From the planning to the implementation
Many years’ of experience are needed when it comes to planning and designing safety and emergency lighting systems. Luckily, we’re here to help. Our approach:
- We plan the project and work closely with the authorities and experts to create a tailored concept that meets your requirements.
- During the installation, we work particularly closely with the fire protection and electrical trades. We work both with the client’s in-house technicians and our trusted partners.
- We take the pressure off you in all areas by taking over the coordination and accompanying the project right through to the final acceptance, as the safety lighting and emergency power supply must be checked for effectiveness and operational safety by an expert before it can be put into operation.
Testing and maintenance of safety lighting and markings
Regular inspections are required after technical and structural changes have been made to your safety lighting VDE standards regulate the details, including the regular functionality tests, tests to check the illuminance or tests for the signs. The owner or operator of the building is responsible for making sure that these tests and inspections are carried out and can delegate this task to qualified service providers such as CWS Fire Safety. We will keep and eye on the deadlines for you and will reliably carry out the necessary maintenance work.
Please note: The reports on recurring inspections that we hand over to you must be kept for five years.