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How to Create Your Company’s Emergency Preparedness Plan

Having a plan in place during emergencies for your business is key to making sure your employees and customers stay safe.

While it may seem difficult to start fleshing out your emergency plan, there are plenty of resources available to make sure you develop one that’s best for your company. According to Ready, a government organization dedicated to creating emergency preparedness plans, there are five steps necessary in developing your preparedness program:

  1. Program Management: What you need to “organize, develop and administer your preparedness program.”
  2. Planning: What information you need to know about your business to begin examining what hazards your company should address.
  3. Implementation: Your written down preparedness plan that covers areas such as resource management, emergency response, crisis communication, business continuity, etc.
  4. Testing and Exercises: Put your plan into action to determine whether your plan is actually effective.
  5. Program Improvement: Times change, people change, and regulations change, so make sure you change with them by regularly scheduling reviews of your preparedness plan.

If you are still doubting the need for your business to have an emergency preparedness plan, then don’t take our word for it. Ready has plenty of case studies from major companies such as Morgan Stanley, Equity Technologies, and Penn State University reaffirming the value of a solid emergency preparedness plan.

If you don’t have a plan of your own, get one started today, and check out Emergency Lighting’s stock of smoke alarms, lights, and accessories made to get you through any emergency.

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Key Testing Tips for Batteries and Bulbs

When testing your commercial emergency exit signs, there are two main components to check for full operation. Bulbs and batteries. These are the first things to review during scheduled maintenance tests. Fire code requires that all emergency lights and lighted exit signs be inspected at a monthly minimum.

Certain models will have two sets of bulbs that should be checked during these monthly tests. The first set runs on your 110 volt building power, and the second low voltage set comes on with a power failure. These low voltage bulbs are powered directly from the on board reserve battery. As a result, a sign that appears to be working may fail during a power outage because the low voltage bulbs have burned out.

Likewise, many defective batteries maintain just enough charge to light the bulbs for a few seconds after being triggered. If you don’t test reserve batteries for at least thirty seconds, you may find that the lights work each month only to find that they go out when you really need them. By testing the lights for at least thirty seconds you can make sure your batteries don’t just have a misleading surface charge.

Annual testing of emergency signage is also a standard code requirement. This involves running the lights under only emergency power for the full minimum of thirty minutes. Written records documenting the testing must be maintained and available for review by the fire inspector

To test your lights, use the  small “push to test” button on the casing. Push and hold this button for thirty seconds to test the bulbs and battery. If the lights dim right away, or some of the bulbs don’t work it is time for some repair.

For a large facilities with many devices, or for the annual thirty-minute test find your circuit breaker or fuse that supplies your emergency lighting. Turn off your circuit breaker and observe that they’ve all lasted through the test period. If other equipment shares the same circuit be sure nothing will be damaged by the interruption.

If your lighting systems are powered by an emergency generator, this is an opportunity test all at once and guarantee your building is fully equipped to maintain safety during any potential outage.

Emergency Lighting Storm Readiness Plan

Ready Your Building for the Spring Storm Season

Emergency Lighting Storm Readiness Plan

As we emerge from this year’s deep freeze and move into spring storm season, there’s no better time to test all your safety fixtures.

Nobody wants to be caught off guard by a sudden blackout. Take the time this month to check back up generators, flood lights, and batteries to ensure you are ready for whatever the warmer months may throw at us.

In addition to testing all of your safety equipment, its essential for every building to have a clear safety plan for it’s occupants. Developing and enforcing these plans can be a difficult thing for most organizations to follow through on and maintain over time, but a little commitment can go a long way with the right approach.

Ready.gov has a great bank of materials to help any organization get started with their own personalized safety plan. It’s best to make sure you have the right management leadership, commitment and financial support to effectively manage the project. To keep your plan on track, make sure you are currently in line with all current regulations and further improve your readiness from there.