British Standards relating to fire safety signage show all Final Fire and Emergency Exit Signs should include a directional ‘up’ arrow. The use of an ‘up’ arrow clearly conveys the message that you must progress through a door in order to reach safety.
The two most common causes of confusion when selecting and displaying Final Exit Signage is using ‘down arrow’ signs or signs with no directional arrow. It’s important to minimise confusion and ensure the safety of your staff and visitors in an emergency. The easiest way to do this is to ensure final exit signs feature an ‘up’ arrow.
Now is the perfect time to check your fire and emergency exit signs are fit for purpose. We have included a helpful guide below based on the latest British Standard, to demonstrate best practice for displaying your signs.
How To Display Fire Exit Signs – According To BS 5499-4:2013
The diagram above shows the best practice when displaying fire exit signs. In order to create a clear and easy to follow escape route it is highly recommended you use:
- Directional arrows to guide staff and visitors along the escape route. These should be clearly displayed at any change in direction along the route.
- A directional up arrow on your final fire exit to convey the message to progress forward and through from here as viewed from in front of the sign. This should be positioned above the door.
Minimise Confusion And Check Your Fire Exit Signs Today!
If you feel that your signage is not up to standard and would like some further guidance then do not hesitate to get in touch. Prestige Safety Services can carry out audits of your signage, give you information to help you be compliant and also supply any signs that you may require. Get in touch and we can talk you through your options!