If you own a business, especially if that is a small business with less than 20 employees, you probably never gave much thought to whether you should have emergency lights. After all, you only have a handful of employees and they all know where the exits are, don’t they? But the truth of the matter is, in an emergency when you could be trying to get out of a burning building with the power out, those emergency lights that go on the moment your power goes off can be a lifesaver.
Whether they are the kind powered by Lithonia battery chargers or are simply backed up with ordinary electrical batteries, you may Someday be grateful that you had the foresight to have them installed. So, what kind of situation do these important but sometimes costly lights cover? Here are just three examples of where having emergency power for the all-important exits in your building could make the difference between an eventful day and a tragic one.
You may be thinking, but my business isn’t in California! The truth of the matter is, there are many parts of the country that are prone to earthquakes, not just the one we all are aware of and watch in dread. When I was working in New York state I was surprised to find out that it was an area that had in the past had some pretty bad earthquakes, and still had the occasional trembler while I was there.
Even if you have not heard of your area having a big quake, it doesn’t mean it can’t have one. Be prepared, it is always better than having regrets later. A simple thing like a light over an exit to help everyone get out quickly and easily can make a huge difference in this kind of situation.
We never know when a fire will happen, and if you happen to have your office in an older building that is made of wood instead of modern cement, it is even more important to have a plan in place. While the outside shell may be brick, most of these older buildings are wooden structures on the inside.
So, getting out of your building fast, and having a plan in place where you will meet, is essential. You should actually have a handout for everyone who begins working for you stating what the plan is and where you will meet, so there is no confusion in the case of a fire. Timing is so important at a time like this!
Sometimes it isn’t Mother Nature that comes for us, it is our own. If you have your office in a major city that has had a history of violent unrest, you may want to make plans for getting out and getting safe. Many office workers were surprised by the riots in Los Angeles when Watts erupted in anger, but they shouldn’t have been. Know what the feeling is on the street where your offices are, and talk with your employees about it. Have a plan in place, a well-lit way out and know when it is smart to stay and when it is smarter to go.