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In dangerous situations emergency lighting can help people to reach safety as quickly as possible. 
 
However, a recent report says that more than four out of 10 businesses in England don’t have appropriate emergency lighting. 
 
Back in 2018, another report looking at more than 1,500 of England’s high-rise social housing blocks said that over a third of them had inadequate emergency lighting. 

Penalties for poor emergency lighting 

Property owners and managers risk fines or even prison sentences where emergency lighting provision is poor. 
 
Average fines are increasing and more than a third are over £20,000. 
 
The maximum sentence under the legislation is two years in prison. 
 

What are the challenges? 

Damage and irregular testing and maintenance are often to blame for the poor condition of emergency lighting. Systems can quickly become outdated and faulty. 
 
Where third parties are responsible for testing but not maintenance, owners and facilities managers can easily fall behind with repairs. 
 
Where emergency lighting systems aren’t adequate evacuations could be hindered and someone could be injured, leading to claims for damages as well as the risk of fines. 
 
Insurance companies can also use non-compliance as a reason for not paying an insurance claim if there was a fire, for example. 
 
Placing employees and customers at risk could also seriously damage your business reputation. 
 

Best practices 

of your emergency lighting requirements. Properly completed, fire risk assessments provide a sensible response to risk levels, but recommendations must be correctly followed. 
 
Building owners and facilities managers are responsible for keeping everyone safe, so working with a properly qualified third-party is essential if you don’t have the right skills in-house. 
 
Following your assessment, inspections, testing, maintenance and, when required, repairs will be needed regularly. 
 
Please get in touch if you need repairs or maintenance for your emergency lighting system. 
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