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Escape route location signs 
22/08/2013 
 
Legislation states that, all emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs. Exit signs, Fire exit signs and safety way guidance components are the types of products that can be used to meet this legislation. These signs identify the direction of escape within the building. 
 
Signs sited should show the shortest possible route to an exit from any point within the building. It should not be used in conjunction with, or near another directional sign that might conflict with the direction of travel. 
 
It is also important that signs be sited at a comfortable eye-level so that it can be easily read. Escape Route Signs are required at every decision making points to indicate, a change of level, change of direction and to identify escape doors. 
 
All signs have a maximum viewing distance. This refers to the furthest distance a sign can be read from, legibly. 
Why the need for safety signs? 
 
Safety signs are a requirement to protect the health and safety of the employees and anyone within the vicinity of the building. For an effective safety signing system, signs should be of similar style, design and format. A good way to achieve this is to ensure that your signs conform to standards. 
 
Which sign should I use and where? 
 
According to guidance from British and International Standards, signs can be categorised into 8 main groups. 
 
1. Escape Route Location Signs 
Escape route location signs are signs that identify the direction of travel to escape or exit within a building. 
 
NOTE: ''Exit'' signs indicate doorways or openings that lead to a place of safety. ''Fire exit'' signs are doorways or openings that have been specifically provided as an alternative exit to use in the event of an evacuation (A ''Fire exit'' may still be use during the day-to-day occupation of the premise). 
2. Emergency Exit and Emergency Door Release Equipment Signs 
Doors that have security devices, especially doors that are specifically used for escape should use signs to indicate its operating instructions. These signs speed egress and reduce evacuation time. 
 
3. Safe Condition Signs 
Safe condition signs is a category used by the Standards to categorise first aid equipment, location and emergency instructions for people with special needs. These signs should be prominently displayed. 
 
4. Mandatory Notices 
Mandatory notices help in preventing the spread of fire by informing building occupants of the mandatory requirements. These notices should be displayed prominently on both sides of the doors. They can be use as part of a formal fire safety training. 
 
5. Fire Action Charts 
It is a legislation requirement that all building occupants must be informed of fire safety information and one of these would include instructions on what to do in the event of a fire. A good solution is by siting safety signs. Siting fire action charts conspicuously within the building would help to reinforce formal training and act as a constant reminder. 
 
It is recommended that you choose a fire action chart which is simple, includes a step-by-step instruction and one that uses graphical symbols from Standards to increase comprehension. 
 
6. Fire Alarm and Fire-fighting Equipment Signs 
Legislation requires that any non-automatic firefighting equipment (fire extinguishers, alarms etc..) provided, should be easy to access, simple to use and indicated by signs. You can meet this requirement by siting signs conspicuously above the equipment to locate, on the equipment to identify and if necessary, include a sign that has simple instructions on how to operate the equipment. 
 
Also, to greatly reduce risks of the inappropriate use of fire extinguishers, it is highly recommended that you include a fire extinguisher identification that shows the type of extinguisher and the type of fire it can or cannot be used on. 
 
7. Hazardous Materials and Atmospheres Signs 
Hazard warning signs are a legislation requirement, unless deemed unnecessary by a risk assessment. JALITE AAA Hazard Warning signs are designed according to guidance from both British and International Standards. - 
 
8. Prohibition Signs 
Legislation states that, after a hazard has been identified and measures have been taken to inform occupants, an appropriate control measure should also be reinforced 
 
Firewatch are able to supply most types of signs with over 5,000 in stock in stock we also have the ability through our bespoke signage division Asigns to customise signs with your logo or site specific information. 
 
We are also a distributor for leading photoluminescent supplier Jalite, if you require further information or would like a survey of your premises. 
 
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Freephone 0800 7834171 or email info@firewatchsouthwest.co.uk 
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