May 8, 2009, Newsletter Issue #165: Test Your Emergency Lighting System

Tip of the Week

Emergency lighting in commercial and government buildings must be tested monthly according to the National Life Safety Code. In addition, electrical codes require inspection of emergency lighting equipment at least once a year.

At a monthly test, you should:
Press the test button for 30 seconds to test the battery and light Check each light to be sure it is not damaged, and that the beams are properly aimedChange bulbs or repair wiring if neededAt the annual test, you should:
Disconnect AC power supply to each unit to be sure it is working properlyCheck battery and lens for corrosion Clean unit and lens Adjust beam for correct alignment Check battery voltage output and change batteries if needed

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