Making sure that your employees are safe is one of the most crucial ways any business can succeed. Business owners have to also provide for the protection of any visitors, clients, guests, and customers. This is why emergency exits that utilize photoluminescent lighting must be well-maintained. If no emergency exits are included in an original plan for a building, then the blueprints have to be tweaked. Emergency exits could be the difference between life or death during an emergency in a commercial building, so consistent maintenance is key. Read on to learn more!
They Could Fall into Neglect
Building managers have to oversee the condition of their emergency exits. These doorways and paths that lead to them are just as important as the presence of concrete subflooring, fire extinguishers, or a functional commercial HVAC unit. However, given how busy each person in an office or other facility could be, the exits should be addressed. The worst-case scenario is for an emergency to occur, but each person inside is trapped due to the door’s push bar being stuck because of rust.
Protocols and Plans
Protocols and plans regarding fires or other emergencies must be fully well-rehearsed and understood. Under no circumstances should you block any emergency doors with tools, supplies, or excess inventory or let any customers or clients mess with them. All emergency exits have to remain unlocked from the inside during your business hours. Although equipping the doors with some alarms could indicate when someone is trying to mess with them, these alarms cant get in the way of the door opening, but only act as a warning.
Every single exit door has to be able to open outwards, and it can’t be blocked from the other side, or else it will defeat the primary purpose of these doors. They let egress even if the primary doors are damaged or inaccessible as a valid means of escape. They also can not be designed in a way that they slide or revolve. These systems depend on sophisticated electronic devices that can take longer for construction teams to lay the groundwork for and which could be deactivated if something were to happen to the system or network. Any non-exit doors should also be labeled clearly in case of an emergency where it could be mistaken for an actual exit in the event of confusion and chaos.
Maintaining Your Emergency Exits
Keep all clutter, furniture, and anything that is combustible, flammable, and explosive away from your emergency exits. Once concrete workers have finished up with their gears and tools, these items should be stored away to not present as an obstacle. There also has to be plenty of lighting, since the lights in your building might go out, and anyone who is stuck inside should not have to depend on flashlights to see how to exit.
If you have questions about taking care of your emergency exits, including the photoluminescent lights used in the emergency exit signs, give G&M Services a call today. We can help!
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