Power management company Eaton has announced it is launching a ‘Fundamentals of Emergency Lighting Guide’ to empower consultants, planners and building owners to implement best practice emergency lighting systems. The guide aims to highlight the importance of essential illumination for guiding occupants, via safe routes, to critical locations and vital resources – reducing panic and saving lives in building emergencies.
Eaton’s ‘Fundamentals of Emergency Lighting Guide’ details six easy to navigate sections, including:
1. What is emergency lighting?
2. Understanding system approaches
3. Choosing the right products
4. Choosing the right system for your needs
5. Planning for compliance
6. Creating a complete system
Eaton offers more than 50 years of expertise built up through a brand heritage that embraces CEAG, as well as leading national manufacturers including Luminox, Blessing and Menvier. Eaton works closely with national and international industry organisations, including the Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting (part of Lighting Industry Association) to advocate for regulatory change and ensure the highest standards of regulatory compliance, safety, reliability and efficiency are being met across Europe.
Anthony Martindale, field product manager at Eaton, commented: “There’s no room for cutting corners when it comes to protecting life and property. You wouldn’t put your family at risk in your home, and the same mentality should apply for building occupants. Whether it be a fire or terror attack, an effective emergency lighting system acts as a critical lifeline in emergency situations, particularly when we’re talking about some of our most vulnerable, for example in healthcare buildings.”
“We built the ‘Fundamentals of Emergency Lighting Guide’ to help building owners, facilities managers and electrical contractors to start the conversation around implementing best-practice emergency lighting systems and to show the value of the investment.
“A good emergency lighting system not only saves lives but enables buildings to comply with ever-tougher legislation. For building owner or occupiers, the wrong – or substandard – emergency lighting system leads to at best, premature failure of luminaires increasing operational costs, and at worst, loss of life. Furthermore, designers and decision-makers who select or install the wrong or substandard emergency lighting can see, at best, damage to relationships with their clients, and at worst, substantial fines or imprisonment.”
Martindale concluded: “Every building is different and there is no one size fits all approach. The needs of a hospital is going to differ from that of a school or office building. The industry needs to be moving from a basic, ‘fit and forget’ attitude to bespoke solutions that evolve overtime based on the changing nature of risk. Decision-makers need to reduce risk by asking the right questions in the buying process to achieve compliant, safe, reliable and effective emergency lighting. We hope this guide will help enable them to be more confident throughout the buying process.”
You can pre-register to receive Eaton’s new ‘Fundamentals of Emergency Lighting Guide’ here.