If you own a business you probably need exit signs. Exit signs direct a patron or employee to the nearest exit and are critical in an emergency like a fire where visibility is limited and the person can become disoriented. Ameraproducts.com carries many different types of Exit Signs to cater to your business' needs.
Codes can change, be updated, or can have additional regulations for local areas so always check with your local inspector before you build.
According to United States Department of Labor OSHA requirements chapter 1910 Means of Egress state that "Each exit must be clearly visible and marked by a sign reading "Exit"." Additionally "Each exit sign must be illuminated to a surface value of at least five foot candles (54 lux) by a reliable light source and be distinctive in color. Self-luminous or electroluminescent signs that a minimum luminance surface value of at least .06 footlamberts (.21 cd/m2) are permitted.)
The NFPA 101 Life Safety Code is the most widely used source for strategies to protect people based on building construction, protection and occupancy features that minimize the effects of fire and related hazards.
International Building Code and International Fire Code - Means of Egress.
To sum this up, basically every exit needs to be properly marked with an iluminated exit sign. The exit sign can be self-luminous or elctroluminecent or be connected to an emergency electrical system to illuminate the exit signs.
Self Luminescent Exit Signs
Jalite UL Listed Aluminum Photoluminescent EXIT Signs meet both the NFPS Life Safety Code 100 and the International Building Code and Internation Fire Code. These have no batteries or bulbs to change. These signs provide maintenance, life cycle and energy cost savings. They help prepare your business for the worst case scenario.
Lighted Exit Signs
Lighted Exit Signs use a specific emergency power source or many times they use a battery. These signs clearly show where the nearest exit it and they light up to follow federal and local guidelines helping patrons or employees exit safely in the event of an emergency.
Non-Lighted Exit Signs
These exit signs are ADA Compliant with Grade 2 Braille. They are not lighted, so you will need to determine whether you need additional lighting for the exit sigh or not. Remember to always check with your local inspector regarding regulation codes.
Emergency "IN CASE OF FIRE USE STAIRS". These signs help direct patrons and employees to avoid elevators during a fire and use the stairs. Many times these are used in conjuction with directional signs to direct people to the stairs. These signs are ADA Compliant with Radius corners and Grade 2 Braille. These are easy to install with double sided tape.
Many times directional signs are use in conjuction with exit signs or stairwell signs. These signs are used to direct patrons to the nearest exit or stairwell. These can also be used in conjunction with just about any sign you want such as restroom signs or fire extiguisher signs.