Emergency & Exit lights testing
One of the first things that you need to keep in mind about emergency exit lights testing in Australia is that there are certain rules applicable for such activities. As per Australian standards you are supposed to get these lights tested once every six months. They are also supposed to stay lit for at least 90 minutes in a day on battery power. The concept of self-testing can work only in case you have a couple of lights that you can reach on your own. In most cases anyways these emergency exit signs have a small button named “push to test” on the casing itself. You can easily press this button and the lights will inevitably be switched on. This would happen because the battery is powering them.

In buildings where there is no electric backup power coming from generators, both emergency and exit lighting run on batteries using it as the secondary power source. Therefore each fixture is supposed to have battery that is capable of running the sign or light in a continuous way. As has been said already the stipulated time in this case 90 minutes. It is also essential that the batteries never fail in this time. So, this can be called a key component of emergency exit lights testing.

As per rules, each and every fixture is supposed to have a battery charger. All the rules and regulations pertaining to manufacturer’s maintenance, requirements of fire codes, and testing instructions are determined as per the 2009 version of National Fire Protection Association Standard 101, Life Safety Code, Articles 7.9.2.1 and 7.9.3.1.1 for emergency lighting.

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