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Revision of BS5266-1:2016

Wednesday 21st December 2016


Code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises changes.

BS5266-1 has been revised and major changes have been made to the standard for the code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises.

Chris Watts, a member of the BAFE Council representing ICEL, has provided information to highlight the major changes to this.

 

Reasons for the revision of BS5266-1
  • Upgrades were needed to keep the document aligned with associated National and European Standards.
  • The standard responds to the increasing recognition of the application of emergency lighting to assist the safety of occupants who may stay in a building during a mains supply failure.
  • In many instances, it might not be necessary or appropriate to evacuate the premises in the event of failure of the supply to the normal lighting, but precautions need to be taken to enable occupants to remain on the premises in safety. This is referred to as Emergency Safety Lighting. - Chris Watts

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