With two airports for easy global access, Dallas is a great place to live and work. If you’re a property manager or stakeholder in commercial new builds and renovations, you know the importance of property and personal protection.
A commercial fire — actually, any fire — puts people into a panic. Anyone can find themselves confused amid smoke and heat. That’s why safety signage as part of your fire prevention and warning system is so important.
We must prioritize making it as easy as possible for disoriented, frightened people in complex commercial properties to find their way to safety.
Originally, photoluminescent signs used copper-activated zinc sulfide. Today’s products use a phosphorescent chemical, strontium aluminate oxide, which is 10 times brighter and lasts 10 times longer than zinc sulfide products. Photoluminescent signs are now considered the best component of effective egress systems.
Photoluminescent signs mark the path to safety when standard signs fail. When exposed to light, the photoluminescent material stores light energy. When the lights go out, the signs’ stored energy illuminates the photoluminescent material. In other words, the signs “light up.”
Some photoluminescent signs can provide guidance as long as 30 hours, even in blackouts. You can install these photoluminescent signs:
The International Building Code (IBC) outlines two standards for egress photoluminescent product performance: brightness and duration. The photoluminescent signs must meet:
Code compliance also includes:
Your photoluminescent signs can be located near any light source. The photoluminescent signs are adhesive-attached or posted using screws. The installation itself is quick and easy, and maintenance involves gently dusting on occasion. These signs should last for decades, and you should never be concerned about their reliability. No special disposal procedure is required.
When you contract Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing for your commercial project, your building will meet all egress path marking requirements using photoluminescent strips and exit signs. Our photoluminescent products meet or exceed UL1994 and ASTM E2072 requirements.
We know projects and onsite issues require customized solutions. Let’s talk about what you need and your timeline or phases. Call (972) 446-2600 or contact Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing today.