18Nov 2011
by Nick Potter

New Full Revision of Emergency Lighting British Standard BS5266 Part 1

New Full Revision of Emergency Lighting British Standard BS5266 Part 1

The BSi have just announced that their is a new full revision of the Emergency Lighting British Standard BS5266 Part 1.  This standard is associated with the code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises.

BS 5266-1:2011 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, installation and wiring of electrical emergency escape lighting systems, in order to provide the lighting needed for safe movement of people in the event of the supply to normal lighting failing.

It has been updated to assist those engineers wishing to protect occupants from the hazards identified by risk assessments and also to evaluate existing premises to decide if they need to be upgraded to meet current requirements. The standard has also been expanded to give guidance to protect occupants from a sudden loss of the normal lighting supply.

The recommendations given have been drawn up to encourage uniformity of application, based on providing adequate safety to people in the event of interruption of the normal lighting. The standard recognizes that, in addition to ensuring safe unobstructed means of escape from the premises at all times, an important function of emergency lighting is to make possible the immediate location and operation of fire alarm call points and fire-fighting equipment, and another is to minimize the chance of panic arising in enclosed spaces, such as lifts.

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