In the UK, emergency lighting maintenance requirements are governed by the British Standard BS 5266-1:2016. This standard outlines the necessary procedures for maintaining emergency lighting systems in buildings, including testing, inspection, and record-keeping.

Maintenance Requirements

Regular maintenance of emergency lighting is essential to ensure that the system is functioning correctly and will provide adequate lighting in the event of an emergency or power failure. Maintenance tasks include simulating power failure, testing the battery backup system (if applicable), cleaning the lights and diffusers, and ensuring that the system is in compliance with all relevant regulations. Rapid Fire & Security are NIC EIC accredited to work on these systems.

The frequency of maintenance tasks varies depending on the type of system and the environment in which it is installed however full duration 3 hour drops annually are the norm and should be carried out by a qualified and competent person. It is important to note that failure to maintain emergency lighting systems can result in serious consequences, such as injury or loss of life, and can also potentially result in legal action if standards aren’t adhered to.


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