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Maintenance of Battery-Operated Emergency Lights

Maintenance of Battery-Operated Emergency Lights

In order to meet both federal certification and state licensure requirements, health care facilities must provide emergency lighting for all exits and designated portions of the exit access and exit discharge [see NFPA 101(12), Sections 18.2.9/19.2.9 and 7.9. “Designated portions of the exit access and exit discharge” include stairs, aisles (in rooms or spaces that require two or more means of egress), corridors, ramps, escalators and passageways. Emergency lighting outside the building must be provided to either a public way or a distance away from the building that is considered safe (typically defined as 50 ft. away from the building), whichever is closest. A minimum of 90 minutes of illumination is required.

Emergency lighting can be supplied by storage batteries, unit equipment or an on-site generator. This guide is only intended to cover unit equipment (also known as battery-operated emergency lights) and EXIT signs provided with a battery-operated emergency illumination source. 

Click here to download the full guidelines for maintenance and testing.

Click here to download the emergency light check form.

For more information, contact the City of Clemson Fire Marshal, Chris Cartee, at 864-653-2050.

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