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Fire safety signs performance increased

24 September 2008

Whilst a large number of us understand the purpose and requirements of Fire Safety Signs and way-guidance, we do not necessarily understand how to differentiate the variety available. And during the current credit crunch, organisations are looking for ways to cut costs.

Fire safety signs performance increased
Fire safety signs performance increased

Ensuring this is effective whilst conforming to legislation and protecting staff, visitors and assets can become a juggling act.Photoluminescence is nothing new yet many organisations have still not implemented the material for their safety signs and wayguidance systems.

Research has uncovered that a lack of understanding of the advantages of photoluminescence can come from the limited knowledge of what photoluminescence is and what it actually does.

Photoluminescence is a material that is charged by surrounding light providing automatic illumination in darkness. Its independence from electrical power sources and batteries not only provides conspicuous guidance in complete power loss and when smoke would obscure other emergency lighting but also helps to improve your carbon footprint and cut energy costs.

Photoluminescence has many advantages including its cost effectiveness, durability and its independence from power sources other than normal light creating less maintenance costs.

Photoluminescence signs are neither radioactive nor toxic and therefore not as harmful to the environment. Also by not requiring a back-up source of battery power or electricity, they will still illuminate in a power cut or power failure helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

Thousands of occupants were plunged into darkness in 1993 after a bomb attack in the garage of the World Trade Centre. Provision of emergency lighting had been provided, but the source of this light was from generators, which had also been destroyed forcing the occupants to evacuate in complete darkness.
Lessons were learnt, and Photoluminescent wayguidance was applied to the stairwells. Again the world trade centre was attacked in 9/11 putting the system to the test. At least one third of the survivors recalled that the Photoluminescent wayguidance was ‘useful and reassuring’ aiding their evacuation.

The Jalite AAA was a huge improvement from the Jalite A Class product, which had previously set industry standards in terms of brightness. Jalite AAA has implemented the latest technology to provide high brightness when light is lost, which provides incredibly conspicuous signs in a blackout situation; rapid energy absorption and activation for improved performance over traditional material; and incredibly improved ageing and weathering performance extending external application and expected service life.
Safety signs produced with Jalite AAA, based on being cost-effective, have set an amazing performance standard for fire safety signs, notices and safety way-guidance products. Due to their outstandingly improved ageing performance, the expected service life can be greatly enhanced.

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