When a fire occurs, it can cause a lot of panic, which can reduce the efficiency of an evacuation. Smoke or darkness may also impede visibility and reduce the chance of escaping a building; for this reason, illuminated exit signs and emergency lighting is critical to the safe and quick evacuation of building occupants. 

While there is a range of fire equipment designed to fight a fire and alert occupants, a key fire safety measure that must not be forgotten is those that provide building occupants with a clear exit so they can evacuate as quickly as possible. 

In the same way that there are illuminated exit strips on the floor and big red exit signs above the doors in an aeroplane, a building must have clearly signed exit points and signage to help people find fire doors and evacuation routes to reach safety. 

Who can install emergency exit signs?

Emergency exit signs are required in most enclosed spaces, including commercial properties and facilities, residential blocks or Strata properties, as well as buildings such as schools, hospitals and indoor industrial premises. They must be installed both in the main areas and the emergency stairwells. 

All of these properties have individual emergency exit sign requirements pertaining to their specific building regulations, which is why you can’t just stick up an emergency exit sign anywhere. Just like fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, emergency exit lights have specific compliance needs and are often connected to a power supply. Therefore, we strongly recommend a professional install, inspect and repair any emergency evacuation signs and lights. 

What are the emergency sign regulations?

From evacuation diagrams, fire equipment signage and emergency exit lighting, emergency exit signs must be appropriately installed and positioned correctly so they are easy to follow in the event of a fire or emergency. 

You can’t just buy any old exit signs either, as many of those available online are not correct for NSW fire safety standards. 

Fire exits signs must:

  • Be displayed above the exit at a height between 2m and 2.7m, where practicable (Section 6.8.1, AS 2293.1:2005), 
  • Clearly mark all emergency exits 
  • Display the running man and/or directional arrows (Section 3.3, AS 2293.3:2005). 
  • Be illuminated internally (e.g. they are a light) or be capable of being illuminated externally by an emergency luminaire (lamp) located within 2m of the sign (Section 5.4, AS 2293.1:2005) in the event that the power supply fails.

Other fire exit sign requirements may need to be met in particular buildings and sites, so forget Googling ‘how to install emergency exit signs’ and let our qualified fire safety professionals do it for you. 

How often do I need to get my exit signs and emergency lights tested?

Illuminated exit signs save lives, so it’s important they are installed and maintained to the necessary standards. This is why emergency exit signs must be inspected and tested every six months to remain compliant. 

If you’re a business owner or strata manager, exit lights can be easy to overlook when you’re busy, which is why we provide scheduled routine maintenance, so you don’t have to keep track and book it yourself at the necessary intervals. 

For hassle-free exit light installation and testing, we offer dedicated Preventative Maintenance, and full-service Inspect & Test packages to make your fire escape sign compliance cost-effective and straightforward. This can also be scheduled in conjunction with your AFSS to make fire safety simple. 

We service Sydney and surrounds, so give our emergency exit sign specialists a call today on  (02) 8669 9100 and protect your people and property.