The Value of Emergency Lighting

Author - Emily Weekes |
Publish Date - October 8, 2020

Churches Fire & Security has provided fire safety services to customers across the United Kingdom for over two decades, reinforcing our position as one of the most trusted suppliers in the industry.

When a business has a requirement for fire safety services, Churches Fire & Security provide guidance and recommendations, usually based on the findings of a fire risk assessment. This methodical examination of a site will highlight any fire risks as well as the safety levels of the nearby area.

Emergency lighting is a requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) in non-domestic buildings and in communal areas of HMO (houses of multiple occupancy). The lighting’s purpose is to illuminate emergency exits and escape paths in the case of a mains power failure.


As set out in BS 5266, all emergency lighting serviced by Churches Fire & Security technicians meets the required standards.

Emergency Lighting servicing

This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Checking the condition and expiry of batteries
  • Testing switches and bulbs
  • Examining the fittings
  • Confirming correct locations of emergency lighting
  • Checking the circuitry of the system


Being a requirement of the RRFSO, factories, hotels, shops, sports stadiums and offices all have the responsibility of making sure their fire exits are adequately covered by emergency lighting. Landlords and property managers of houses of multiple occupancy also have this obligation.

A fire or power cut could cause a mains power failure, plunging buildings into total darkness, posing a risk to those in the area.

When in position to illuminate exits, emergency lighting helps those on site to safely egress. Standby lighting can activate when the power is cut and allow for some normal activity to continue. To ensure an exit is appropriately lit, escape route lighting is used. This is perhaps the most recognisable piece of emergency lighting equipment due to its familiar ‘running man’ image and bold green colour.


Customers using emergency lighting from Churches Fire & Security are encouraged to perform monthly tests to ensure correct functionality. We are happy to provide guidance on how to execute these tests, with the understanding that more in-depth safety inspections must be carried out annually by the qualified technician.

In this short video guide, we have demonstrated how to complete this simple test:


In order to provide a consistent servicing schedule and save our customers time, we are often requested to be the sole source of both emergency lighting and fire alarms.

As many of our technicians are multi-skilled in different fire and security products, one service visit could see multiple pieces of equipment maintained. Using fully stocked company vans and with access to storage units containing spare parts, we are regularly able to offer our customers a ‘first time fix’.

Talk to Churches Fire & Security about combining your emergency lighting and fire alarm service and maintenance with one trusted, industry-leading provider.

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