Using egress signs to indicate exit doors is an important aspect of emergency egress safety that some building owners ignore until it’s too late. To properly prepare for evacuations, it’s important to assess the accessibility of exit leading doors within vertical exit enclosures; that is, to determine how easily they can be identified in the event of low visibility evacuations. Another important aspect of emergency egress safety is choosing the right exit signs to mark building exits. Although all exit signs perform the same function, some offer more dependability than others.
Using a Running Man Egress Sign to Indicate Exit Leading Doors
According to the International Fire Code, which governs egress safety in commercial and residential R1 buildings that feature occupancy at above 75 feet from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access, the proper way to identify exit leading doors is by mounting an emergency exit symbol—also known as a running man egress sign—on the center of each door, with its top not rising more than 18 inches above the finished floor. Emergency exit symbols use a figure whose running direction indicates which direction evacuees should travel as they pass through the door.
Using a Photoluminescent Exit Sign for Building Exits
Photoluminescent exit signs are superior to incandescent, compact fluorescent, LED, and Tritium signs in terms of eco friendliness and economy. But they also offer the greatest durability of any exit sign. Containing no breakable parts, photoluminescent exit signage is the optimal signage in the event of evacuations precipitated by falling debris, as could occur during earthquakes. Photoluminescent signs are also non-toxic and 100 percent recyclable, and offer superior visibility at 100 feet under smoky conditions.