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Emergency Lighting and Your Safety

Power outages may seem like a rare occurance; something that happens so infrequently that it would be foolish to dwell on their possibility. But are you prepared for the lights to go out? Any building that hosts a large amount of people, whether residential or commercial, is required by law to have emergency lights installed in the event of a crisis. Sometimes, a loss of power can be the result of a fire, caused by electrical malfunction (short circuits, improper wiring, etc.). In this case, a lack of lighting can be deadly. The chief responsibility of an emergency lighting system...
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Chicago building codes related to emergency lights

The City of Chicago has specific codes regarding emergency egress sign-age (what products may be used and where these products must be placed). These codes are covered in section 13-160 of the Chicago Municipal Code. The City of Chicago has the following requirements for exit signs: Signs must be rectangular 20 gauge sheet metal box with a glass or plastic face Signs must be red lettering on white The letters and arrows of exit signs and exit sign/emergency light combos are MANDATED to be red. Directional Arrows are beneath the sign lettering and are the same width as the lettering All...
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Servicing requirements for emergency lighting in Chicago

Emergency lighting is comprised of lights, illuminated exit signs and combination units providing an exit sign and a lighting system. These lighting systems are designed to provide residents with illumination in the case of emergency, such as a power outage. Due to this, these systems utilize a battery, which must be fully tested on an annual basis. The technician must run the lights, from the battery, for a period of at least 90 minutes. Upon completion of the test, a maintenance label is adhered to the side of the unit to record the date of the successful test.
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Ordinances governing emergency lighting in Chicago, Illinois

The laws related to emergency lighting units in Chicago are found in a mixture of regulations, as follows: NFPA 101, Chapter 7. OSHA 1910.37(b) 1 and 2. Municipal Code of Chicago - Ch 13-160 The Chicago Municipal Code is available online here: http://www.amlegal.com/codes/client/chicago_il/.
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