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Seven key considerations for choosing a system

Ian Hill, Emergency Lighting Business manager at leading life safety system and equipment manufacturer, Hochiki Europe, highlights what he dubs ‘seven key considerations’ for choosing a hospital emergency lighting system.

Emergency situations in hospitals or healthcare sites, where an evacuation of immobile and high dependency patients is required, come with huge complexities, especially as evacuation must happen as quickly and safely as possible. As recommended in BS5266-1:2016 Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises, and as per the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Fire Safety Risk Assessment: Healthcare Premises guide, ‘People in your premises must be able to find their way to a place of total safety if there is a fire by using escape routes that have enough lighting.’ In hospital buildings it is important to remember that it must also be possible to see and use escape routes that may not normally be illuminated, such as external escape routes or long internal corridors using emergency lighting. There is also a legal responsibility for hospitals and NHS Trusts to ensure that emergency lighting systems are maintained in accordance with the statutory

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