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Employers and business owners have a responsibility of care to ensure that their property is compliant and safe at all times. Failing to comply with fire safety regulations can result in disaster, or even tragedy, as well as serious legal consequences. Understanding the requirements of fire exit signage will ensure that duty holders fulfil their legal requirements and keep their employees safe in the event of a fire or other emergency situation.

Fire exit signs provide important information on the location of emergency fire exits, so fire exit signage should be legible at all times and visible even in emergency conditions such as darkness or smoke.

Illuminated fire exit signage is an effective way to make sure that your fire escape signs are clearly visible. Photoluminescent Fire Escape Signs are a great solution to the problem of low-light areas, as well as in the event of power failure.

For more information, see our FAQs section and our buying guide.

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Fire Emergency Information Signs: Buying Guide

Fire Exit Signs Save Lives

Emergency exit signs are designed to clearly show people where they should go in the event of a fire or other emergency. They should be positioned using suitable sign fixings and in such a way so as to show everyone the shortest and quickest route out of your premises.

The distance people need to travel to escape your building should be as short as possible, with the distance measured from the farthest point in a room to the door leading to a protected stairway or, if there is no protected stairway, to the final exit from the building.

Current fire exit regulations state that "a fire exit must be clearly marked, kept free of all obstructions and be compliant with all British standards and legislation." It is also imperative that fire doors are clearly indicated with, for example, fire door keep shut signs. See our range of fire door signs for more legends. A fire door is an essential part of maintaining fire safety standards in the workplace, as such we offer a range of fire door equipment that will aid in creating this part of your fire safety solution.

The majority of our fire exit signs feature a man running through a doorway and many are accompanied by a directional arrow pointing the way to the nearest exit – be it left, right, up or down. We also have available a range of photoluminescent fire exit signs. These are designed to glow in the dark when a light source is obscured by power failure or smoke.

Fire exit signs are an essential part of the infrastructure of any place of work or space with public access, helping to ensure that workers and members of the public on site can clearly determine how to exit the building in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Many premises will be required by law to have appropriate fire exit signage in place, while other property owners may feel that it is appropriate to add this additional information for the safety of workers and visitors.

Choosing the right fire exit signage for the layout and usage at your premises is an important part of being a responsible property owner or business manager, and our comprehensive range of fire exit signs offers options to suit all situations.

Fire exit signs are used to indicate the locations of emergency exits from buildings that are to be used by those present on the premises in the event of a fire or similar emergency.

Signs use both words and pictograms to convey their message, with standardised images recognisable to people from across the world to help reduce the possibility of language confusion and ensure that signs cater to those who may have trouble reading the written labelling.

For many premises fire exit signage is part of the statutory health and safety requirements, although some people choose to add this helpful signage in premises not covered by legislation to have peace of mind about the safety of those on the premises in the event of an emergency.

Ideal Placement of Fire Exit Signs

Directional or arrowed fire exit signs can be used throughout a building to indicate the route to the nearest fire exit in the event that a fire is detected or a manual alarm has been activated, while static marker signs are used at points of egress to indicate a route that may be used by people to exit the building in the event of an emergency.

External fire exit signs are used to indicate to people and drivers outside the building that external doors also serve as fire and emergency exits and can help to ensure that these remain unobstructed for improved building safety.

Being Prepared for a Fire Emergency

Our range includes a comprehensive selection of fire exit signs to help you create emergency signage within your premises that conforms to relevant regulations and offers visitors to the building a clear visual aid to exiting in the event of an emergency. We have a complete range of escape and evacuation equipment to give you an overview in creating an emergency escape solution.

Our signs are available in a range of materials, with a choice of mounting options. Choose from vinyl or rigid self adhesive versions for direct application or opt for one of our sturdy wall mountable signs available in a selection of materials.

Our range includes a full selection of arrowed fire exit signs that can be used to indicate the best route to the nearest fire exit as well as traditional fire exit signage which indicates points of egress in an emergency. Our 3D fire exit signs are visible from multiple angles making them a useful addition to any emergency signage plan.

Double-sided hanging fire exit signs are another popular choice, helping to indicate building escape route in areas such as corridors where people may approach from either side. We also have exterior fire exit and keep clear signs to help prevent exits from being blocked from the outside.

In order to be sure that your employees will be prepared in the event of a fire, we offer fire safety books and guides; these will maintain the knowledge necessary to deal with such events as they occur.

Fire Exit Signs Regulations

If you are responsible for the fire safety of a commercial premises, then you will require the appropriate fire exit signs for your building. Exit signs which conform to UK building regulations should be placed to indicate any doorway or other escape route which people should use in the event of a fire or similar emergency. Be sure to consult the relevant health and safety requirements and have a fire risk assessment before purchasing and installing fire exit signs. Some fire exit signs are mandatory while others will depend on factors such as the size of the premises in question. Fire exit signs are a legal requirement for the majority of businesses and need to be placed so as to clearly show the way to the nearest exit. An exception might be a building such as a small shop where the entrance door is also the obvious (and perhaps only) exit in the event of a fire. Exit arrows should indicate the appropriate direction to go; whether left, right, up or down (in the case of steps for example).


What Fire Exit Signs do I need?

The type of signage you require will depend on your premises. We would advise customers to refer to the relevant health and safety legislation when planning fire exit signage installation. Regardless of legislation requirements it is only responsible to take necessary precautions, and provide adequate information to visitors and employees alike. Consider when creating a fire exit strategy which areas of your premises would benefit from increased signage, and what information you wish convey with those signs.

What material should I choose?

The kind of sign you need will be determined by the location and usage. Consider whether you wish the signage to be flush to the wall or to stand out further. Think about light sources - dark areas may require signage that is independently visible in the event of a primary power failure.

Do Fire Exit Signs need to be illuminated or Photoluminescent?

Emergency signs need to be visible and legible at all times. In low-light areas your signs may need to be illuminated to ensure that they can be clearly seen by all and that they meet the necessary UK fire exit signs regulations. If your business premises require emergency lighting, then your fire exit signs have to be illuminated as well, either with external or internal lamps or with self-illuminating signs which don’t require an external power source. Glow in the dark technology known as photoluminescence (PL) can be ideal for emergency signage and will glow brightly in the dark and typically remain illuminated for several hours.

Are Photoluminescent Signs Dangerous?

Photoluminescent signs are non-toxic, non-radioactive and safe to use. Photoluminescence is a type of phosphorescence which stores energy from a light source and then releases it in darkness. As no external power source or batteries are required, photoluminescent materials are especially effective in the event of a power supply failure and can be a great fail-safe option for your emergency exit signs.