The law states that you should test your emergency lighting ‘at regular intervals’ but what that means is not clearly stated. This is for good reason – as with many matters related to fire safety, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to any problem. All buildings are different and therefore, they all have different requirements. A large, complex emergency lighting design may need servicing at six-monthly intervals, while a smaller, simpler layout will require less attention.
Regardless, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that you must at a bare minimum, fully test your emergency system once a year. In addition, it asks that you perform a test once a month. A monthly test involves you creating a momentary loss of power to assess how your emergency lighting performs. Ideally, your back-up lights should spring into action as designed. If they don’t, this is a warning that further investigation may be needed.
Sounds confusing? Don’t worry. CES M&E Services can arrange a site visit and advise you of a service routine that’s suitable for you, ensuring you are legally compliant at all times