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The Hidden Cost of Exit Sign Vandalism

Unfortunately EXIT Signs can be subject to being repeatedly damaged and purchasing a replacement and hiring an electrician to install makes it an extremely costly affair. Brown University reported Exit signs vandals have cost them over $30,000 a year in replacing damaged Exit signs. They are not alone with many universities reporting similar frustrations having to replace broken signs and deal with the safety hazard of having to ensure all signs are functioning.  Just have a look at how some students proudly demonstrate their abilities on youtube.
Even with sturdy guards in place exit signs can still be damaged, at which point the extra protection may serve to make maintenance more difficult, time consuming, and more costly to replace both the exit sign and protection.
JALITE Non-electrical UL Listed Exit signs, are an easy way to comply with code requirements to identify the exit, in both normal and emergency conditions, yet are for more difficult to damage, and don’t require an electrician to install if required.
If your facility suffers from vandals and you want information about how our non-electrical exit signs can reduce vandalism at your location, contact us today!


The Best Advice to Give Your Loved Ones to Survive a Fire in a High Rise Building:

There are 15,400 high rise fires each year in the US according to NFPA. What anyone who lives or works in a high rise must know is that the most important thing to do during a fire is to get out as soon as possible. Especially in a High Rise because of the longer egress times. That may seem obvious, but did you know that less than 50% of the survivors surveyed after the Sept. 11th attacks on the WTC reported that they evacuated immediately?

For more information on the behavior of the survivors during their evacuation of the World Trade Center Towers, read the report by Guylene Proulx. In this report she mentions the use of photoluminescent markings which proved helpful in the evacuation:

"Four survivors reported seeing photoluminescent stripes on the stairs, railings and stairwell doors – an improvement the Port Authority made following the 1993 bombing. As one survivor stated, “All you had to do was follow those yellow-green stripes. They were wonderful. The stripes were especially valuable when the emergency stairs stopped and people had to travel horizontally through mechanical equipment spaces that had many doors” (Masetti, 2001)." 

Whether it’s a traditional low rise building or a skyscraper, whether occupant leave immediately or wait, it is imperative that they be able to see their way out. Jalite photoluminescent egress signs will light the way out for any building. Contact us to find a distributor near you.


Fire safety consultants

These companies specialize in offering expertise and guidance to clients for meeting regulations and legal obligations. There exists much guidance on the selection of consultants for any enterprise and it is recommended to apply rigorous assessment of credentials before appointing a fire safety consultant to assist in risk assessment.

JALITE is associated with a number of companies that offer professional and thorough risk assessment advice and guidance and in particular are capable of carrying out a fire safety sign survey according to Standards and good practice. Further information can be found from Means of Escape Publications Ltd at www.means-of-escape.com

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