Since the conception of photo-luminescent materials for life safety systems, there have been many “CHEAP” variations of safety glow materials produced and sold. Obviously price drives everything, but you don’t want to risk your life with ” The Cheap stuff!” Most people don’t realize that the World Trade Center towers had photo-luminescent materials. The problem was the materials made at that time were junk! A lesson learned the hard way as we always do! Failed products included in the Safety Glow Products were tapes, paints, and vinyl film products. After the reports of 9-11 were completed, a large number of recommendations came to add photo luminescent safety glow materials, but also to improve the quality by adding stringent testing requirements ( UL 1994) to help insure public safety in high rise facilities.
The main objective was to mandate a uniform photo-luminescent emergency evacuation safety glow system that would be reliable and consistent. The key components of the emergency egress system were outlined in the International Building Code and the International Fire Code (modeled after IBC) and the building code was changed in 2009. Only this time the code changes implemented a very specific testing standard through Underwriters Laboratories. The standard is known as UL 1994. The term tested to UL 1994 is a common tactic used by foreign manufacturers. Only UL 1994 listed products make the cut.
When determining your requirements and choosing a system for your facility remember these key Things:
#1. What is the Warranty on materials and installation? (Our Warranty is 10 years)
#2. What type of materials are used? Our UL 1994 listed Egress Safety Glow system products are Click Here!
#3. Make sure you ask how the products will be fastened.
#4. Ask for a copy of the UL 1994 listing for each product being installed.
#5. Make sure the company isn’t buying and reselling you foreign made products.
#6. Make sure the installation is guaranteed to pass the Fire Dept inspection before paying for the finished project.
Just do your research and choose wisely because Safety is no accident! Look for the UL 1994 symbol and buy
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