DWS Facility Services, design, supply and install emergency lighting.
Every building owner has a legal obligation to ensure that the emergency lighting on their premises is fit for purpose and is designed, installed and maintained to the appropriate standard.
In the event of a power failure on a premises it is important that the exit routes are well illuminated to allow safe egress from the building. There are strict regulatory requirements laid down in IS3217:2013 – the Irish emergency lighting standard as published by the NSAI.
IS3217:2013 indicates the minimum level of competency and experience that a system designer must have to certify a system.
We carry out audits on existing systems and can provide annual and quarterly maintenance contracts to satisfy the owners statutory obligations for the maintenance of the emergency lighting systems on their premises.
The design objective of an emergency lighting system is to provide escape lighting to a recommended minimum level of 1 lux, as per the Irish standard IS3217: 2013. The emergency lighting system must be designed to highlight clearly the escape routes and provide sufficient illumination to enable the safe movement of people towards and through the designated exits.
This includes the illumination of stairwells and escalators or any change in floor level; all escape corridors and any change in direction or intersection of these. Each exit door must also be illuminated clearly as well as outside the final exit.
It should also highlight all fire alarm call-points, fire-fighting equipment and First Aid points as well as providing enough illuminance over hazardous equipment or machines which require immediate shutdown in the event of fire.
Emergency lighting is also required in open areas of more than 60m2 and in toilets of 8m2 or greater.