Emergency lighting is part of the fire safety provision of a building and cannot be ignored. The purpose of emergency lighting is to ensure that lighting is provided promptly, automatically and for a suitable time when the normal power supply to the lighting system fails. The emergency lighting is required to ensure people within the building can evacuate safely in the event of an emergency.

Please Remember, It is a legal requirement that non-domestic buildings must be safe at all times even if mains power failure occurs. Therefore, nearly all such buildings must have emergency lighting fitted. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states “Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting".


Red Fire Safety Services Ltd can plan, design, supply, install and maintain emergency lighting systems to BS5266 standards. Upon completion of installation an NIC EIC certificate is issued.

Emergency lighting must be serviced and tested at least once a year and this must incorporate a 3 hour test discharge of all lights. Upon successful completion of maintenance and testing Red Fire Safety Services will issue a certificate of maintenance.


In addition to the annual testing monthly flick tests must be carried out. This testing can be carried out by the ‘Responsible Person’ or by Red Fire Safety Services engineers as an additional service.