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Emergency lighting is a legal necessity for all commercial enterprises. If you are responsible for fire safety in your organization and need to comply with regulations such as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), reach out to Newmax Fire and Security. We offer practical advice and assistance for your building’s emergency lighting needs. Discover how our inspection, testing, and monthly maintenance plans are essential for ensuring your organization meets safety standards.

Where should emergency lighting be installed?

There are many types of buildings required to have emergency lighting in place: hotels, hospitals, schools, offices, shops, factories, restaurants and entertainment venues, to name but a few. The location of emergency escape lighting will differ from building to building depending on the buildings use.

Generally speaking, emergency luminaires should be installed in the following areas of a building


  • Staircases
  • Any change in floor level
  • Any change of direction
  • At firefighting equipment and fire alarm panel
  • At escape equipment for the disabled
  • At intersection of corridors
  • At emergency exits and outside towards a place of safety
  • Outside the final exit

Do I need emergency lighting?

Every building, apart from single residential homes, needs emergency lighting. Owners of all sizes of public and commercial buildings, as well as private multi-unit residences with shared areas, have a legal duty of care to protect occupants by installing and maintaining emergency lighting.

It’s the responsibility of the fire risk assessor designated by the building’s owner to conduct a risk assessment to establish if and where emergency lighting is required.