Who is responsible for keeping you and your staff safe in an emergency?
During an emergency, who is responsible for keeping you and your staff/colleagues safe? Depending on the circumstance, responsibility during an emergency or power outage could fall on the tenant or property manager.
Make sure you know whose job it is and ensure you’re prepared so that you and your colleagues can exit the building safely during an emergency.
Safety first: be prepared for all circumstances
Do you have staff working late? What happens if the power goes out? Are your lights maintained?
When lights go out in an office during the day with lots of natural light, exiting the building should be relatively easy. However, if it is evening, or your building has access to limited natural light, finding your bearings and exiting safely could be difficult. Add an emergency into the mix—such as a fire—and people tend to start panicking and rushing about. During these times, having effective emergency lighting to help calm and direct people to the exit is paramount.
Emergency lighting is intended to be used for emergency egress only, not to carry on using when the power goes out. It has a limited time period that it will run for, then it will switch off and you won’t be able to safely exit the building. It is designed so you can exit out safely with a clear pathway that you can see.