MN8-Foxfire, developer of photoluminescent safety products, today announced that the University of Oregon (UO) Law Library chose MN8 Foxfire for its new photoluminescent emergency exit system to provide safe evacuation in any condition
Anything with batteries or electricity will fail when you need it most. Photoluminescent (glow in the dark) safety and egress systems are more effective.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This could not be more true when it comes to emergency planning. Today, most safety signage and markings rely on highly visible colors or reflective materials that become ineffective during a blackout. Moreover, battery-powered systems and back-up generators, used as redundancy systems for emergency and egress lighting, are unreliable and create an immense false sense of security.
In fact, “back-up generators fail 20 to 30 percent of the time,” found Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president for R&D at the Electric Power Research Institute. This is mostly because generators are not properly maintained or used.
“It’s maintenance related,” says Dan Zimmerle, assistant research professor at Colorado State University. “For instance, if you don’t burn diesel fuel sitting in the tank, it will start to degrade and clog the fuel filters. Things that don’t get used tend to fail.”
Battery-powered lighting and egress systems are not only inherently unreliable, but it is also very time-consuming and expensive to maintain them. Typical testing for just 500 electric exit signs can run between $10,000 and $20,000 per year.
Add the costs of energy usage, replacement batteries and bulbs, in addition to labor costs, and the expenses just keep piling up. As a result, proper maintenance and inspections do not get completed.
An independent test was recently completed at several randomly selected hotels. Out of 169 fixtures tested for 30 seconds, a whopping 46 of them – or 27 percent – failed the test. The bottom line is anything with batteries or electricity will fail when you need it most.
However, there is a more effective and energy- efficient solution with zero maintenance costs – photoluminescence safety and egress systems.
Remember those fire safety talks as a little kid? They told you to stay down low and crawl when you encounter smoke. Smoke rises and tends to increase in volume and intensity near doors and exits.
Where are traditional EXIT signs placed ?
High above the door and ceilings.
Then why do most codes require they be located near the ceiling when smoke would obscure them and render them useless?
The answer is simple; Tombstone Regulations.
Tombstone Regulations are basicaly waiting for people to die before requiring improvements in codes and regulations.
Yesterday smoke filled the subway tubes in our nation's capital. The train carrying riders on the Washington DC to Virginia bound train had an electrical failure and the train came to a halt 800 yards beyond the platform. Panicked riders were forced to self evacute in darkness and smoke.
As a young kid, I dreamed about one day becoming a firefighter. I still get excited everytime I respond to the station and ride the engine or ladder to help our local citizens. As much as I feel like I'm living my childhood dream on every run, the greatest pride I have is knowing that I'm helping my fellow firefighters.
Today was a travel day to New York City! Once I arrived, I met up with Rhett Fletiz of the Fire Critic blog (FireCritic.com) and Captain Willie Wines Jr. of the Wooden Ladders and Iron Firemen blog (IronFiremen.com). We'll be here a couple of days.
One of the highlights of our trip will be today's visit to FDNY Rescue 2. By now, you're all probably familiar with our joint efforts to raise money for the two Rescue 2 firefighters who were injured last December in a brownstone structure fire. We recently ran a week-long campaign to raise money to help these heroes.
This is the third in a series of posts from MN8 Foxfire's recent trip to Israel. You can find the first two installments here: