Emergency Escape Signs
Emergency escape signs are provided to guide you from wherever you are in a building, via a place of relative safety (the escape route) to the place of ultimate safety (the assembly area).
It must not be assumed that everyone will know all safe routes through the building. Similarly, it must not be assumed that, once outside the building via a final exit, people will know how to get to the assembly area, so signs directing to the assembly area may also be required.
Emergency escape signs should comply by BS EN ISO 7010:2012 to ensure maximum levels of understanding. The old EC Directive (92/58/EEC) designs should no longer be used due to their low comprehension credentials.
BS ISO 16069 is the British Standard relating to the planning, design and marking for Safety Way Guidance Systems.
In addition to the requirements for installing exit signs at 1.7m-2.2m from the ground, this standard recommends that additional intermediate and low location marking may also be required. Position at a maximum height of 400mm from the floor for low level marking.
Subject to a full risk assessment, additional escape guidance should be provided through the use of both continuous guidance lines and safety signs to ensure there is an uninterrupted safety sign system to aid an efficient and safe evacuation from a building. Fire fighting equipment, hazards along an escape route, boundaries, stairs and ramps should also be identified.