Fire Safety Signs

Nightmare on the Horizon: Life Safety Matters

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded the spilling 4.9 million barrels of oil into the sea, which made the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, was well reported. However there is another side to this tragedy that is rarely addressed; on board the Horizon at the time of the explosion were 126 people, 11 of whom would never make it back to shore.  What can be taken away from this tragedy in order to improve the safety of offshore platforms?
The U.S. Minerals Management Service reported 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 2001 to 2010. After the explosion on the Horizon, many on board were able to evacuate before the rig collapsed; however the explosion had cut off all the power and the thick smoke plunged the rig into darkness. Workers, many of whom were new to the Horizon, were unfamiliar with the layout forced to waste precious time stumbling through the darkness towards the lifeboats. Many simply leaped into the water from the nearest balcony rather than be burned alive. When the last life boat launched, 11 men were unaccounted for and declared dead on April 23, 2010.
In a fire, whether it is on land or at sea, life safety is the highest priority. The best designs enable occupants to find the path to safety as quickly as possible under various conditions. Make sure your clients are aware of JALITE photoluminescent safety products; with Lloyds Type approval and Marine Equipment Directive certification, they can be confident that JALITE will lead the way to safety. Email us to obtain more information.

Keep Clear Sign Needed

Unblock your Emergency Exits

Fire safety is rarely on the forefront of our minds.  In our everyday lives, fire tragedies are things that happen to other people on the evening news. The truth is that 2,640 people died and 15,635 were injured in 484,500 fires in 2011, in the US alone. Fires are not a rarity; in the US there was a structure fire reported every minute in 2011. So, what can you do to help yourself, people you care about, employees, customers, and first responders? It’s simple. Clearly identify your emergency exits and ensure that they are accessible.
Blocked emergency exits are a major problem all around the world; infamous events like Coconut Grove fire, the Station Night club, and now the Kiss Nightclub fire in Brazil. Others are well known because so many people were killed when their emergency exits were blocked. But others exist, just as tragic but less well known because there were fewer fatalities. Tragedies like this one can be prevented. Rick Ornberg, author and former firefighter, recently wrote an article on his blog about the importance of keeping emergency exits clear. “National fire codes are full of life-safety related requirements that were written following one of several major tragedies in the workplace, in schools and in places of public assembly. Many of those were written after incidents where piles of burned corpses were found stacked against a locked or blocked exit.” Ornberg wrote, in response to seeing several emergency exits blocked in local restaurants and businesses. One needs only to search blocked exits to see the truth in Ornber’s words; Wikipedia has an entire section dedicated to tragedies caused by blocked exits.
If you see an exit being blocked at your workplace or where you eat and shop, will you do yourself and those around the service of mentioning it to someone in charge? If your place of work routinely has an exit blocked installing the appropriate sign is the least you can do to assist in keeping your facility and its occupants safe.

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Safety Signs and Symbols

Safety Signs and Symbols are needed to communicate safety messages quickly and unambiguously in the workplace and in public areas. Much effort has been taking place now over a period of some 20 years to achieve international consensus for graphical symbols to effectively communicate common safety messages independently of language. ISO 7010 -2011 has recently been adopted as a European Norm as well as being adopted into National Standards marking a major step forward to the goal of using the same graphical symbols and safety signs throughout the world for the same safety meaning.

Safety Signs and symbols are now in every day life and fully supported by both International and European Standardization

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JALITE Safety Sign Audit and Review

The JALITE safety sign audit and review is an accompanied walk through site visit of a facility to make an assessment of the use of fire safety signs as an integral part of and a reflection of the fire safety management policy and system. The Audit and Review maybe followed by a systematic and thorough Fire Safety Sign Survey to meet current requirements and deal with any significant findings.

Fire Safety Sign Audit & Review

To provide a visual inspection (up to an hour), whilst on site, of the fire safety signs within an agreed scope that can include

Means of escape route identification signs
Emergency door opening devices signs
Mandatory fire door notices
Fire action notices
Fire fighting equipment location and type identification
Specific hazard identification signs (limitation to be agreed with client, such as mind the step hazards on means of escape route, main electrical intake)
Specific prohibition notices (limitation to be agreed with client, such as  do not use the lift in event of fire)
Assembly point location signs

The Audit would look at the provision of fire safety signs expected to be in place for compliance with Legislation and Regulations.  This would include the existing signs and making an observation as to whether additional signs would be required.  In order to meet the requirements of legislation best practice advice would be given based on the relevant National and/or International Standards relating to the types of signs and their design.

The Audit would be followed up with a short report which can include;

Reference to the particular piece(s) of legislation needed to comply with
Relevant Standard/Code of Practice recommendations are based on
Without going into specifics whether or not their signs will meet current regulations.  This could be split into specific types of signs
Whether additional signs would be required
Whether some existing signs could be removed, including internally illuminated signs to reduce on-going energy consumption
Whether or not a full fire safety signs survey would be recommended

A real fire, is not as you see it in the movies.

In a real fire, smoke is not as you see it in the movies. This film simulates a real warehouse fire, where Styrofoam cups in cardboard boxes are the fuel. (Styrofoam and cardboard are widely used in many packages from toys to electronics.) While the narrator points out many of the dangers and potential outcomes, she does not draw your attention to the decreasing visibility and loss of light in this short 3 minute fire.
Notice at the start you’re able to see the room and light behind the two stacks of product. Then how after one and a half minutes you’re almost unable to see the room and after 2 minutes you’re barely able to make out the light fixture itself.
The question of the narrator is “Does your facility have sprinklers?” a good question no doubt, but I would also add, “Does your facility have proper low level emergency escape route lighting?”
When the lights go out, whether due to power failure or smoke, ours turn on. Contact Jalite to find a local distributor to schedule an audit and review of your facility or a detailed survey.

Photoluminescent Safety Signs

Photoluminescent Safety Signs are safety signs that are intended to convey their safety message under all conditions likely to be encountered in both the usual conditions of occupation of a workplace or public area and under conditions of power loss or likely emergency. Like all safety products they are designed to "good" practice intended to ensure their suitability for purpose and compliance to regulations and codes.

JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Signs are safety signs which are produced using phosphorescent material that absorb light energy under normal lighting conditions and will then release this stored energy in the form of light over time. If the lighting is lost or obscured during a power failure or an emergency, JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Signs will remain conspicuous and visible to evacuees and emergency services providing essential safety information and instruction. The brightness of the signs on power loss and length of time over which the safety signs remain visible depends on the amount of light illuminating the sign prior to the emergency and the performance classification of the material chosen. JALITE has led the way in performance standards for photoluminescent safety signs and related safety way guidance products for well over 30 years. The photoluminescent safety signs using JALITE AAA and JALITE SB quality are of course the best in their Class! These products show exceptional brightness and longevity while being quick charging even at low light levels.

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JALITE Fire Safety Signs

A full site survey for safety signs should be carried out as part of the implementation of a comprehensive fire safety management system. JALITE fire safety signs provide the ultimate value in performance and design to meet the most rigorous fire safety sign policy for "above minimum requirement" safety oriented enterprises.

JALITE Fire Safety Signs

The following list gives an example of which elements would be covered by a JALITE fire safety signs survey:

Means of Escape Signs (Exit and protected Fire or Emergency Exit): For a means of escape route to be effective, it is important that from any place within the building, occupants have directional information that will lead them to the nearest safe exit. It can be agreed to replace fire safety signs that do not conform to Standards and to look at placing additional signs where doubt may exist as to location of exits/fire exits.

Note: “Above minimum requirements” will take notice of the overwhelming bank of research and evidence that directional signing at low location can significantly improve the possibilities of egress in difficult situations. Fire Safety Signs displayed within the whole visual field of high medium and low location offers the optimum way-guidance information and is a basis for Safety way-guidance systems.

Mandatory Fire Door Signs: All escape routes have to be kept unobstructed and be accessible at all times. It is essential that fire doors are kept shut and that fire exits are kept clear.

Emergency Door Opening Devices: The priority in any emergency requiring evacuation is to enable occupants to leave the building and reach a place of safety quickly. It is important that all escape and access mechanisms provided for use in an emergency are clearly identified and that operating instructions are clearly marked. Specific issues arise with the need to balance building security with ease of access to escape routes and free egress.

Fire Action Notices: All occupants need to know what to do in the event of a fire and the procedures that need to be followed from a specific fire alarm call point. The essential training given can be reinforced with Fire Action Notices clearly visible and readable at all times.

Evacuation and escape plans: The legal requirement in many jurisdictions should be fulfilled with clear and precise and correctly oriented plans. Evacuation and escape plans being essential for consultation during normal occupation of the building should also be seen in case of power failure. Escape plans are an integral part of fire safety signs.

Fire Fighting Equipment Location Signs: Occupants always need to be aware of fire fighting equipment and alarm call points. These signs also identify the extinguisher type and the classes of fire it can be safely used on. A Fire Safety Signs Survey will examine their location and consider their capability to act as effective location devices in the area.

Lift Signs: Lifts will normally not be used in the event of a fire. These fire safety signs will remind occupants not to use the lift in a fire situation.

Identification of Hazards on and adjacent to the Means of Escape: These signs will help to identify hazards such as trip hazards, flammable substances and electrical hazards on the means of escape route. It is particularly important that these hazards are identified to protect anyone using these routes including any fire fighters that may be on the premises.

Method of Operation Signs: Signs such as “push”, “pull” and “turn to open” will enable occupants to operate doors quickly and easily.

Safe Area Fire Safety Signs: Safe areas for disabled occupants are required to offer a temporarily safe space to await assistance for their evacuation. Most codes require these areas to be clearly identified by signs.

Hazard Identification Signs: Where there are residual risks, it is important that occupants and firefighters are made aware of these risks, particularly when adjacent or within a means of escape route.

Prohibition Signs: Prohibition fire safety signs are used to enforce control risk measures by identifying specific forbidden behaviour to reinforce and complement formal training.

Personal Protective Equipment Signs: Where there is a requirement for safety clothing to be worn personal protective equipment signs act as a reminder to those in the vicinity.

Exterior Fire Safety Signs: Exterior fire safety signs include assembly point signs and mandatory fire exit keep clear signs that may be required on the outside of fire exit doors in order that the route is kept free from obstructions.

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JALITE Products and Information Search

The JALITE product line has been developed over 30 years to provide the ultimate tool for implementing an effective fire safety and disaster management policy and strategy.

You will find over 4000 individual products to satisfy clearly identified needs of people at risk and people who handle risk in difficult and workplace situations in an emergency.

An emergency that has the distinct possibility to be accompanied by loss of light, power and in darkness.

To find a product or information, we have developed on this website a very comprehensive search function on the page header: "Search on JALITE".

Just put in your words to search for what you are looking for and the search function will do its best to find product, information and documents linked to your description.


JALITE Fire Safety Sign Survey

Fire risk assessment requires all occupants of a building to participate in the identification and mitigation of risk. Fire safety signs are an invaluable tool to assist in meeting the requirement to take adequate measures to reduce risk and are an important part of occupant communication and training.

The JALITE fire safety sign audit requires a close examination of the occupied area in order to assess that risks have been identified and mitigated with safety signs designed to good practice. Furthermore, that the fire safety signs are positioned appropriately and are clearly visible and understandable under the expected conditions of observation.

A fire safety sign survey is an integral part of the required formal and legally enforceable fire risk assessment and can assist this process tremendously.

For more information about the JALITE Fire Safety sign survey and how it forms a key part of Fire Safety Policy do not hesitate to ask for our free guides or contact our sponsored magazine and publications at

It is also a requirement to ensure that all employees are given training and education to understand the safety signs displayed and to behave accordingly. JALITE produce a full range of training products to assist in this process.

Fire Safety Sign

  A “fire safety sign” is a communications device used to implement risk reduction measures issuing from the fire safety strategy and plan.

Fire Safety Signs communicate safety messages that:

  • Secure the means of escape
  • Give instruction and reinforce training
  • Prohibit and restrict dangerous or risk behavior
  • Warn of hazards to occupants and fire fighters
  • Assist location of critical equipment

When designed and installed to "good practice" fire safety signs provide a tool to perform the following functions:

§  Meet the legislative /regulatory requirements

§  Mirror image of the emergency and fire safety plan

§  Mitigate and reduce risk identified by risk assessment

§  Support Education and Training

§  Inform and communicate safety messages in correct context

§  Conspicuous element of the “Fire Safety Policy” in practice

JALITE through its network of Authorised Distributors and industry contacts can assist in the formulation and implementation of effective, above minimum requirments fire safety signing policy, audits and surveys.



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