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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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...
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.
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/.