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Fire Safety & Detection

At Emergency Lighting, we offer a variety of products beyond lighting.  Our goal is to have you covered in case of any kind of emergency.  Another important category of products we offer is fire safety & detection equipment.

For existing buildings, smoke detectors should be placed on every habitable level and within each bedroom.  New construction requires that emergency smoke detectors be hard wired into the building’s electrical system, have a dedicated battery backup,  and include an interconnect wire between them to sound all alarms in a network when one is triggered.

We are happy to see that regulations are shifting towards additional measures that will protect people in case of an emergency.  Please note that we offer carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide/smoke detector combos, and fire extinguishers.

It is important to check with your fire marshal or building inspector to ensure your facility is in full compliance.  Whatever your local codes require, you can get all the fire and safety detection equipment you might need from Emergency Lighting. To browse through our product, check out our fire and safety detection page. We have everything you need to keep your facility safe. Or, give us a call at 800-521-4045 and receive expert guidance from one of our knowledgeable reps.

Emergency Lighting Regulation

The 1,2,3 Guide For Emergency Lighting Regulation

There are plenty of regulators out there. Each has pages of rules. Getting them straight is a nightmare for poor facility managers and construction personnel. It gets worse. Each of these rules differ depending on state, city and type of facility. To help you navigate the cascading mass of rules, we’ve gathered a list of the top three regulators you’re going to want to look into, along with helpful resources.

  1. NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

Most people have never heard of it, but facility and construction managers across the planet follow many of the guidelines from this trade organization.  The NFPA’s reach is wide, but the codes relating to emergency lighting include five key parts.

NFPA 101 – This is their Life Safety Code. Used in 43 states, this code sets standard facility requirements protecting people from smoke, fires, and noxious fumes. When it comes to your emergency lighting, this code lays out a number of rules regarding an illuminated pathway to egress.

NFPA 70 – What does it do? It sets the benchmarks for electrical design, installation and inspection for every state.

NFPA 110 and NFPA 111 – They set standards for the backup power supply needed for electrical failures from fires and other catastrophes. Again, these guidelines form as the basis for related regulations throughout the U.S. and even a few places internationally.

NFPA 99 –  For healthcare facilities, the rules are even tighter. This explains why NFPA has its own code for hospitals and the like. The reasoning for the extra rules? Immobile patients, numerous staff and visitors packed into one facility simply have a hard time evacuating.


  1. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

There are numerous requirements you need to know, but when it comes to your emergency lighting, you’ll find a majority of them in 1910.37 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards.


  1. Underwriters Laboratories

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “not another regulation.” Don’t worry. There may be a lot of rules and guidelines necessary to receive this certification, but you need only do one thing: look for the UL 924 certification on your emergency lighting equipment. When you see UL 924 on emergency lighting, you know your equipment meets or exceeds stringent standards set by the Underwriters Laboratories. Buying UL 924 certified products will make your job easier, as these standards meet a number OSHA and NFPA guidelines.


Navigating these guidelines is a tricky proposition. If you’re unsure, seek help. Our team has been in the emergency lighting business for over 30 years, so we know a thing or two about the products that’ll meet your specifications. To learn more, check out our emergency lighting industry pages. They’ll guide you to the right lighting for your needs. Or, for some extra assistance, give us a call at 800-521-4045. Our team is happy to help you find a solution that fits your needs.

Which Type of Smoke Detector Should You Buy?

When buying a smoke detector, safety and reliability should be your first concern. But with so many options, it is difficult to determine what kind of smoke detector will allow you and your family to sleep soundly at night.

There are two different types of smoke alarms you should expect to see on the market:

  1. Ionization: This type of smoke detector is best at alerting you to fires that are large and growing fast. Ionization alarms detect smoke by using a small amount of radiation. When smoke enters the air, the radioactive material disrupts the flow of electricity causing an alarm to sound.
  2. Photoelectric: This type of smoke alarm is best at alerting you to small fires that are smoldering. This alarm uses light to determine when smoke is in your home. When smoke enters a photoelectric smoke alarm, the light inside of the alarm is scattered.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the best type of smoke alarm you can get is both an ionized and photoelectric smoke detector. Since each one detects different types of fires, this will give you and your household maximum protection. You can also purchase combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for maximum safety.

Of course, no smoke detector is going to be effective if you don’t remember to change its batteries. Three out of five home fire deaths occur due to inoperable smoke detectors. If you aren’t a fan of changing batteries and hearing beeps, consider purchasing a ten-year smoke detector.


Don’t Let the Holidays Go Up In Smoke

Emergency Lighting Holiday Safety


Holiday festivities can easily take attentions away from basic safety precautions. All the merriment, joviality and good cheer have a way of occupying our minds, and the effects can put a real damper on even the best of shindigs. We at Emergency Lighting would like to encourage everyone to exercise appropriate caution when assembling your holiday decor. Don’t be another statistic. Follow these basic safety tips and help make sure holiday cheer is the only thing lighting up your home this season.
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Exit and Related Signs: Proper Placement and Visibility

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The process of egress can be a messy business, especially if the exact routes and signage are unclear. The building codes that regulate public safety make specific recommendations to standardize the evacuation process and ensure the safety of all occupants. The US Office of Compliance have compiled six key attributes that directly affect the legibility and effectiveness of exit signage.
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A Tale of Two Symbols: Why America’s Exit Signage is Unique in the World

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While the glowing red EXIT letters may be ubiquitous in the States, a trip outside the US will reveal a vastly different standard for emergency signage. In the event of an emergency, the majority of the developed world looks to a little green man for the route to safety. Why does America  not conform to the global standard?
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Emergency Lighting Pet Fire Safety

Top Pet Fire Safety Tips for Your Building

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Most safety measures for our buildings are focused on the needs of their human occupants, and rightfully so, but what about our four legged roommates? If your building accommodates pets, it’s worth your time to make sure tenants take the proper precautions. Continue reading

Fire Detection: Nest Protect vs Carbon Monoxide Smoke Detectors

Nest Protect Digital Smoke Detectors Return at Lower Price

Fire Detection: Nest Protect vs Carbon Monoxide Smoke Detectors

Nest, makers of the wi-fi enabled thermostats have returned their Protect line of smoke detectors to the market after recalling over 440,000 units this March.

The recall was to address the wave off feature that could accidentally silence the alarm in an emergency. With the devices back on the market at $99 down thirty dollars from launch, it begs the question: Do you want one, and should you want one?
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Resources for Fire Safety and Prevention

Fire prevention and readiness is a key responsibility of all building teams. This includes not only equipping your facility with the essential hardware like smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and signage, but also ensuring all occupants are well informed in the event of emergency.

Luckily, there are plenty of resources online to help any organization adopt the industry’s best practices and keep everyone safe. The National Fire Protection Association has several guidelines for creating and implementing fire safety procedures for a variety of different building types.

The NFPA has assembled reference materials for all of the following occupancy types to account for each of their particular challenges and offer the best starting point for all building safety managers to develop plans to best suit their facilities.

For more tips and information, check back to the emergency lighting blog and follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

Keep Up with Changing Codes

Building codes are under constant revision to help our public spaces be as safe as possible. Make sure your facilities are always up to date and in compliance with the best practices of the industry.

There is often confusion over which colors are allowed when choosing an Exit sign for your building. Exit sign requirements vary by state and municipality, which is why it’s important to check with your Fire Marshall to see whether Green Exit Signs or Red Exit Signs are required in your building.

Plenty of resources are available online to help stay on top of new regulations before the inevitable state inspections. Organizations like the National Fire Protection Association and the International Code Council are great destinations for the latest in building safety standards.

We keep our products organized based on the requirements for compliance in various states. The links below the products and specifications called for by various regions around the country. While national standards are enforced, these items all adhere to the particulars called for by each state.

For the latest updates in state by state compliance check back to our blog or visit the Emergency Lighting Facebook page for timely notifications.EZXTEU2RW