What would you do if all the lights in your building went out during an emergency? Would your occupants know with 100% accuracy how to navigate the nearest exit?
A poll commissioned by Cintas Corporation shows that more than a third of all U.S. adults would not feel very confident getting around a building safely following a power loss. This poses a substantial problem, the largest concern being that the U.S. as a whole is highly susceptible to power failures.
“The U.S. experiences more power outages than any other developed country in the world, so it’s important for businesses to be prepared,” says Taylor Brummel, Marketing Manager of Cintas Fire Protection. “Whether it’s severe weather, faulty power grid equipment, a fire or any other issue, emergency lighting can assist in guiding occupants to safety when power fails.”
The poll also found that if the lights went out at their place of work, 50% of U.S. adults would not feel very confident in their ability to walk up and down stairways safely. More than two in five employed Americans would not feel very confident in their ability to execute their workplace’s emergency plan – if they have a plan at all.
The presence of emergency and exit lighting is often omitted or glossed over in life and fire safety programs, which is problematic as power outages continue to rise. Power outages are almost four times more likely to occur than they did just 15 years ago.