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Emergency Lights and Exit Signs Info

Emergency Lighting Inspection

Fire-Alert can provide monthly and / or  annual emergency and exit lighting testing and inspection on all your units to ensure your system is fully operational during an emergency. We conduct testing by simulating a power failure by turning off the relevant

emergency lighting breaker, ensuring  no power is interrupted to your other electrical systems, such as regular lighting, security,  POS etc.


A standard monthly test includes a 30 second test of each unit. An annual test is a minimum 30 minute test while operating from emergency backup power. If the appropriate breaker cannot be identified, the 30 second test will be done, and also unplug the power cable (if not hard wired.) If hard wired and unable to simulate loss of power to each unit, each battery will be inspected, date assessed and tested using our testing equipment. 

Technicians' vehicles carry inventory to replace bulbs, LEDs and backup power batteries. We can also provide new emergency lights, exit lights and signs, and other signage. All of Fire-Alert's emergency lighting units are UL Listed and approved for use in Canada. Our objective is to provide you with the inspections and certifications required to ensure the safety and compliance of applicable rules. 

Once tests have been completed, an inspection report will be provided which lists the performance of your system with any addressed or outstanding deficiencies, rectifications and recommendations.


Emergency Lighting 

1.     Emergency lighting is required to be provided in:

  •   Exits

  •   Principal routes providing access to exit in an open floor area

  •   Corridors used by the public

  •   Underground walkways

  •   Public corridors.

2.     Emergency lighting required in Section (1) will need to be provided from a source of energy separate from the electrical supply for the building.

3.     Lighting required in Section (1) will need to be designed to be automatically actuated for a period of at least 30 min when the electric lighting in the affected area is interrupted.


4.     Illumination from lighting required in Section (1) will need to be provided to average levels of not less than 10lx at floor or tread level.


5.     Where self-contained emergency lighting units are used, they shall conform to CSA C22.2 No. 141, “Unit Equipment for Emergency Lighting."


Exit Signs

1.     Every exit door must have an exit sign placed over or adjacent to it if the exit serves:

  •  A building more than 2 stories in building height,

  •  A building having an occupant load of more than 150, or

  •  A room or floor area that has a fire escape as part of a required means of egress.

2.     Every exit sign must:

  • Be visible from the exit approach,

  • Have the word EXIT or SORTIE displayed in plain legible letters, and

  • Be illuminated continuously while the building is occupied.

3.     Exit signs must consist of:

  • red letters on a contrasting background or contrasting letters on a red background, with the letters not less than 114 mm high and having a 19 mm stroke, if the sign is internally illuminated, and

  • white letters on a red background or red letters on a contrasting background that is white or a light tint, with letters not less than 150 mm high and having a 19 mm stroke, if the sign is externally illuminated.

  • However, the 2010 Code calls for a switch from the red EXIT signs to the green "running-man" signs.

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