Anything with batteries or electricity will fail when you need it most. Photoluminescent (glow in the dark) safety and egress systems are more effective.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This could not be more true when it comes to emergency planning. Today, most safety signage and markings rely on highly visible colors or reflective materials that become ineffective during a blackout. Moreover, battery-powered systems and back-up generators, used as redundancy systems for emergency and egress lighting, are unreliable and create an immense false sense of security.
In fact, “back-up generators fail 20 to 30 percent of the time,” found Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president for R&D at the Electric Power Research Institute. This is mostly because generators are not properly maintained or used.
“It’s maintenance related,” says Dan Zimmerle, assistant research professor at Colorado State University. “For instance, if you don’t burn diesel fuel sitting in the tank, it will start to degrade and clog the fuel filters. Things that don’t get used tend to fail.”
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Add the costs of energy usage, replacement batteries and bulbs, in addition to labor costs, and the expenses just keep piling up. As a result, proper maintenance and inspections do not get completed.
An independent test was recently completed at several randomly selected hotels. Out of 169 fixtures tested for 30 seconds, a whopping 46 of them – or 27 percent – failed the test. The bottom line is anything with batteries or electricity will fail when you need it most.
However, there is a more effective and energy- efficient solution with zero maintenance costs – photoluminescence safety and egress systems.
Photoluminescent technology has been used for industrial safety for decades in Europe, but it only started to gain traction in the United States after the 1993 World Trade Towers truck bombing. Because the backup generator and many of the battery backups in the exit signs failed, people had to vacate the Twin Towers in complete darkness. One can only imagine the primal fear these people experienced as they walked down thousands of stairs in total darkness. After this incident, New York City passed Building Code 26, which requires all commercial high-rise buildings to have photoluminescent stairwell markings.
The success in the firefighting industry has not only allowed for investment in breakthrough R&D to make the technology glow brighter and longer, but it also has helped the company expand into safety and egress systems. This advanced technology, previously only available to firefighters, is now available to all people firefighters protect.
With photoluminescent solutions, you can provide reliable life-saving exit guidance in any conditions, reducing panic, improving evacuations and increasing safety. These eco-friendly products reduce risk, qualify for LEED credits, save money, and most importantly – work when you need them most.