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Be safe in an emergency

KWIKLITE completely understands how many aspects there are of running a business and that we are all extremely busy. But having the correct emergency lighting is a BS5266 Safety Standard and Law you simply cannot afford to ignore.

Emergency lighting is lighting for an emergency situation when the main power supply is cut and any normal illumination fails. The loss of mains electricity could be the result of a fire or a power cut and the normal lighting supplies fail. This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to the occupants, either through physical danger or panic.

Emergency lighting is normally required to operate fully automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely. Most new buildings now have emergency lighting installed during construction; the design and type of equipment being specified by the architect in accordance with current building regulations and any local authority requirements.

The British Standard provides the emergency lighting designer with clear guidelines to work to. BS 5266-1 embraces residential hotels, clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges, licensed premises, offices, museums, shops, multi-storey dwellings, etc.

Although this standard recommends the types and durations of emergency lighting systems relating to each category of premises, it should be remembered that the standards are the minimum safe standards for these types of building and that a higher standard may be required for a particular installation.

The Brixworth firm is currently offering to carry out a free emergency lighting check, where experts will provide advice as to whether, in accordance with BS5266, your premises are safe or not.

Eli Ward, KwikLite Energy Lighting & Business Manager, said: “If everything is up to standard, then we will be grateful to have helped you and you can relax. But if they are not, we will explain in detail as to why they are not and offer a solution to resolve it.

You have nothing to lose by inviting us in to look at your emergency lighting. It will be our pleasure.

If you have any hesitation in knowing that your emergency lighting is or isn’t up to standard, then call Eli Ward on 07415324053 or email

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