How do I tell if my Exit and Emergency Lighting is operating in accordance with the Australian Standard AS2293.2?
Simply looking at an Exit Light from the ground or observing that a lamp is working whilst in battery mode does not mean that Exit or Emergency Light passes the requirements outlined in the Australian standard.
To ensure the Emergency and Exit lights meet the requirements set out in AS2293.1 and AS 22393.2 we recommend that you contact a professional in the fire and safety industry, such as FCF fire and Electrical, who are licensed to install, maintain, and certify Exit and Emergency Lighting.
The emergency lighting system should provide illumination for a minimum of 90 minutes. This is a requirement of the AS2293 standard and is designed to allow sufficient time for occupants to safely evacuate the building. If your emergency lighting system is not providing illumination for the required duration, this could also be considered a “failed” exit light.
To prevent issues with failed exit lights, it is important to schedule regular maintenance and testing of the emergency lighting system. This includes checking the battery backup, inspecting the wiring and connections, and ensuring that all exit signs and emergency lights are properly illuminated. By taking proactive steps to maintain and upgrade your emergency lighting system, you can ensure that it is working in accordance with the AS2293 standard and that occupants are able to evacuate safely in the event of an emergency.
Failing to comply with the AS2293 standard can result in fines and penalties. In addition to the legal requirements, maintaining a reliable and effective emergency lighting system can also help to prevent property damage, injuries, and even fatalities in the event of an emergency.
If you are unsure about the condition of your emergency lighting system or whether it complies with the AS2293 standard, it is recommended that you seek professional advice from a licensed electrician or fire safety expert. They can inspect your system and provide guidance on any necessary repairs or upgrades to ensure that your emergency lighting system is operating in compliance with the AS2293 standard.
Regular maintenance and testing of your emergency lighting system can help to prevent issues with failed exit lights and ensure the safety of occupants in the event of an emergency. By staying up-to-date with the latest regulations and best practices, you can maintain a safe and secure environment for all occupants in your building.