Blake Fire and Security Systems

Our full Emergency Lighting service keeps your staff safe when...

...regular lighting fails during a fire or power cut.

You have a legal obligation to keep your emergency lighting equipment and signage fit for purpose. Blake's help you prove this by installing, testing and maintaining everything to British Standards

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    Emergency Lighting - in Essex and the South East

    From our HQ in Southend-on-Sea, Blake Fire & Security Systems have a long and distinguished track record designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining Emergency Lighting systems for businesses throughout Essex, London and the South East.

    We are one of only a handful of Essex-based BAFE SP203-4 and NSI Gold approved Fire and Security Companies who ensure you fulfil your duty of care to the latest standards.
    "Thank you so much for supporting our (emergency) light(ing) issue down at Hinguar. Whilst on site your technicians were very thorough and professional in helping to sort out technical issues and getting the job done.
    Once again thank you for ensuring the quality provided by Blakes is of the highest quality."
    Viv Stevens, Headteacher
    Hinguar Primary School and Nursery
    "What a credit your engineers are to your company, whether fire extinguishers, light or alarms. I never have any issues with invoices, booking in visits, early or late, your engineers do not spend all their time with us on their phones, they usually don’t even have a coffee - although we do ask. They bring all the equipment they need for the job, are smart and clean."
    Marian Brown, Office Manager
    Wethersfield C of E Primary School, Near Braintree, Essex
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    What is Emergency Lighting?

    Emergency Lighting saves lives.

    It is a critical life safety system that will help anyone to evacuate a building to a place of safety in an emergency. The system provides lighting for when the regular power supply is cut and normal illumination fails during a fire or power cut. This may lead to sudden darkness and a potential risk to occupants, either through physical danger or panic.

    What is the purpose of Emergency Lighting?

    Emergency escape lighting systems are designed to illuminate both escape routes and safety equipment. Being able to see the way out is the key to safe evacuation especially if mains power fails.

    Emergency lights and signs must be sited so as to:
    • clearly show the exit routes to the final exits from the premises,
    • illuminate hazards such as stairways, changes in floor level, corridors, changes in direction,
    • highlight the outside of each final exit, plus plant rooms, lifts, toilets.
    It is also essential for being able to find and use fire alarm call points and fire fighting equipment and to avoid panic in large areas with a high volume of people.

    What must I do to comply with regulations?

    From 1st October 2006, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 required the Responsible Person (RP) of any non-domestic premises to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire and identify persons at risk.

    These measures include the need for fire safety systems, such as Emergency Lighting, that are fully functional and provide sufficient coverage. The latest measures are covered by the British Standards we work to.
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    Do you need Emergency Lighting?

    Most probably the answer will be a resounding YES!

    Clause 4.7 of the Workplace Directive (89/654/EEC) requires that:
    Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case the lighting fails. In the UK this is covered by our fire safety legislation.

    The guides for compliance recommend that people in premises must be able to find their way to a place of total safety if there is a fire by using escape routes that have enough lighting.

    Where any escape routes are internal and without windows, or premises are used during periods of darkness, including early darkness on winter days, then some form of backup to the normal escape route lighting (emergency escape lighting) is likely to be required to ensure safety.

    Questions to be considered:
    • Are your premises used during periods of darkness?
    • Will there always be sufficient lighting to safely use escape routes?
    • Do you have back-up power supplies for your emergency lighting?

    How do you know if the Emergency Lights you have are sufficient?

    Ask yourself, how easy would it be for someone - either familiar or unfamiliar with the building - to find their way out?

    The size and type of your premises and the risk to the occupants will determine the complexity of emergency escape lighting required.

    Further guidance: refer to British Standards, seek advice from professionals or read our blog post for a quick rule of thumb test that anyone can use.

    Where are Emergency Lights supposed to be located?

    The purpose of Emergency Lighting is to illuminate escape routes and safety equipment. Generally emergency lighting should be provided at the following positions:
    • Each exit door;
    • Escape routes;
    • Intersections of corridors;
    • Outside final exits and external escape routes;
    • Emergency escape signs;
    • Stairways so that each flight receives adequate light,
    • Changes in level or direction;
    • Windowless rooms and toilet accommodation exceeding 8m²;
    • Fire-fighting equipment, fire alarm call points;
    • Equipment that would need to be shut down in an emergency;
    • Lifts;
    • Areas in premises greater than 60m².
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    Simon Blake

    Emergency Lighting Manager
    The design and installation of emergency lighting should not be  an afterthought, but an integral part of the design and installation process of your overall electrical & fire safety systems.

    Regardless of the nature of your building or office, ensuring that stair-ways, fire exits and fire escapes are adequately lit in the event of an emergency is a legal necessity!
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    Design Team

    Blake's provide a comprehensive range of emergency lighting solutions so every need is met and every person in your premises is safe.

    We're qualified to offer a full service from design to commissioning. Your emergency lighting system design is checked by sophisticated software that ensures your escape routes are safe, fit for purpose and compliant with legal obligations!

    Service and Repairs Team

    Your emergency lighting system has to be in good working order at all times. This requires regular testing and servicing by competent, qualified technicians to British Standards. The Blake team are a great choice!

    You'll receive a comprehensive audit trail and history of maintenance, recorded in a suitable log book. This will satisfy your Fire Risk Assessment and visiting Fire Officers and Fire Safety Inspectors.
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    What about testing, servicing and maintenance?

    Testing and servicing are part and parcel of the maintenance required to keep your emergency lighting in good working order. Government guidelines on Fire Risk Assessments require testing and maintenance to British Standards. You, as owner/occupier, must appoint a competent person to maintain the system.

    Delegating maintenance to experienced, qualified professionals such as Blake Fire & Security Systems ensures your duty of care provision is fulfilled. This way, should the worst happen, you know your staff and other occupants can escape safely.

    Emergency Lighting Maintenance requirements:
    • Monthly - Check all systems and units for state of repair and apparent working order
    • Annually - Full check and test of systems and units by a competent service engineer.

    What services can Blake Fire & Security offer me?

    If you need to install emergency escape lighting, modify your existing system, arrange maintenance or just want some friendly professional advice, call us on 01702 447800.

    It is recommended that any work should be carried out by a competent person in accordance with the appropriate standards.

    We can offer the following advice and assistance on:
    • New system designs
    • Evaluation of the existing system
    • Upgrades
    • Installation
    • Commissioning/Handover
    • On-going Maintenance/records
    • Advice from a fully trained engineer

    Dedication to Accreditation

    Why you should choose Blake Fire & Security to design, install and maintain your alarm system
    Long track record - our family-run firm has been installing burglar alarms since 2002. We're going nowhere, your guarantee will be honoured!
    Dedication to Accreditation - if we're not qualified to provide a service we won't offer it to you! Simple.
    Experience & Expertise - we're professional and fully qualified so you get the system that is perfect for your circumstances.
    Who is in your home or premises? - your engineer is always trustworthy, polite and fully qualified, with regular checks to ensure this.
    Quality workmanship and service - we're passionate about your security, our standard of work and the way we deliver it to you.
    Blake Fire & Security Systems have both NSI Gold and SSAIB approval! This means you get:
    Bespoke systems - designed to perfectly fit your family's requirements or the needs of your business.
    Highest quality systems - we only provide systems that last and look good.
    Police and Insurance recognition - our work is guaranteed to be of the highest standard, both Police and Insurance companies acknowledge this.
    Regular and reliable monitoring and maintenance - ensure your system is working in your time of need AND someone is always watching over your home or business!

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