The NFPA 101 Life Safety Code provides strategies designed to protect people from fire and other hazards. It is the most widely used source for building construction, protection, and occupancy features designed to minimize risk to the public.
According to the NFPA Life Safety Code, emergency illumination is required through all building exit routes. This includes all stairs, aisles, corridors, and ramps. The Code defines rules for the maintenance and service of emergency lighting systems. It also provides guidelines for the amount of lighting required.
Emergency lighting must emit one foot- candle of light throughout the building and .1 foot-candle of light along the building’s emergency route. When servicing a building’s emergency lighting system, illumination must remain uninterrupted. The building must also remain illuminated for at least one and a half hours after a power failure. After this time, emergency lighting may fade to .6 foot-candle of light throughout the building and .06 foot-candle of light along the emergency exit path. In the event of a power failure, emergency lighting must be provided automatically.
In addition to the NFPA, there are several other rules and regulations that building owners must comply with. For example, the OSHA Code of Federal Regulations requires adequate and reliable illumination for all exits. OSHA also requires that lighting systems be tested and maintained regularly to ensure uninterrupted lighting.
The International Fire Code requires proper illumination at all means of egress, and emergency lighting that provides illumination for at least sixty minutes following a power failure. Depending on the location of the building, there may be additional rules or regulations regarding emergency lighting.
Regulations are strictly enforced in all areas, and buildings that do not remain compliant face hefty fines and possible closure.
Unfortunately, traditional lighting systems can be unreliable and difficult to maintain. Organizations that wish to avoid penalties can benefit significantly from connectivity. Mint Controls’ IoT emergency lighting system is designed to help organizations remain compliant, while increasing safety, and preventing costly lawsuits.
Organizations around the world are realizing the benefits of connectivity. Connection to the Internet of Things increases efficiency, saves time and money, and allows organizations to turn a wide range of ordinary objects into “smart” objects. Mint Controls’ emergency lighting solution includes a variety of options designed to increase safety and solve a number of regulatory issues.
Our emergency lighting solution uses IT technology to monitor occupancy, oxygen levels, temperature, humidity, and more. Our system is able to detect smoke and accurately predict the chance of fire.
Our solution is fully integrated with existing systems. When a problem is detected, our solution not only notifies management, it also activates other systems such as sprinklers, door locks, and emergency alarms. This significantly improves response time and helps mitigate risk to people in and around the building. No other solution offers this level of service.
Mint Controls’ solution is available with a variety of optional sensors including acoustic sensors to detect gunshots and other loud noises, and sensors to track the number of people in each room. Additional sensors monitor running water, microwave activity, and more. The information collected by these sensors is relayed in real-time, making it possible to take a proactive approach to a variety of issues. Our unique solution tracks the activities and movements of each occupant at any given time. This provides information that can be used to improve efficiency and increase the safety of almost any structure.
Every year, there are approximately 3,900 hotel and motel fires. These fires cause an estimated 15 deaths, 150 injuries, and $76 million in property loss. Cooking is the leading cause of hotel and motel fires.
It’s crucial that fires are detected and dealt with quickly. The sooner a fire is detected, the greatest chance of survival for occupants.
Certain conditions are always present preceding a fire. Our system tracks air quality and conditions, making it possible to detect the likelihood of a fire. Alerts are sent and adjustments are made where necessary.
Our system makes it possible to quickly and easily locate the exact location of an issue. After alerts are sent, our system directs management to the problem. This can help property owners quickly and easily locate emergency lighting or other emergency systems that require maintenance. It also helps them determine areas where crisis is likely to occur. The data collected by the system is recorded in a format that is easy to understand. It provides evidence that can be used to prove compliance or to locate and prosecute criminals.