Make Sure You Carry Out Regular Emergency Lighting Testing
Maintaining emergency lighting in the workplace is extremely important. This procedure will ensure that all elements of the emergency lighting system including tubes are in correct working order as well as test to make sure the back-up battery is suitable and can last the full duration that standards require.
Each business or organisation has a “responsible person” and this person shall ensure that periodic checks are both carried out on time and documented correctly in a fire safety logbook.
Here we give an overview of the testing procedure as well as testing frequencies.
It is possible to install self-test emergency lighting which can speed up the testing of your emergency lighting units and these units will automatically create a ‘false’ a power cut which will allow them to check their own functions and circuitry, if a fault is found the units will then create an audible and visual warning.
It is necessary to switch off the mains power supply to your lighting unit. A separate switch with a ‘fish key’ may be installed which will allow you to test your emergency lights without the need to switch off all of the power. You should then visually inspect each and every emergency light to make sure it is in working order, any defects should be noted and arranged to be repaired straightaway. All of the results should be recorded in a fire safety logbook.
You should switch off the mains power supply to your lighting unit. Keep the units on for the standard, rated period, this is usually 3 hours. Every light should be switched on for the complete period. If your emergency lighting fails during this period, the back-up battery should be replaced.
For a complete Emergency Lighting Testing solution contact us at Avon Electrical Ltd today. Our fully trained team can carry out all necessary testing of your emergency lighting system for you.