Who is responsible for keeping you and your staff safe in an emergency?
Ensuring you and your colleagues can exit the building safely in case of emergency or power outage could be your responsibility. Sometimes emergency lighting maintenance falls under the tenant, not the property manager, so get clear on whose job it is and ensure you’re prepared in case of an outage.
Safety first: Do you have staff working late? What happens if the power goes out? Are your lights maintained?
When lights go out during the day in an office with lots of natural light, exiting the building should be relatively easy, but if it is evening or your building has limited natural light, you could find it difficult to find your bearings and exit safely. Add an emergency into the mix, such as a fire, and people tend to panic and rush and the effectiveness of your emergency lighting becomes 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 safety with a clear pathway which you can see.