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The Best Advice to Give Your Loved Ones to Survive a Fire in a High Rise Building:

The Best Advice to Give Your Loved Ones to Survive a Fire in a High Rise Building:

There are 15,400 high rise fires each year in the US according to NFPA. What anyone who lives or works in a high rise must know is that the most important thing to do during a fire is to get out as soon as possible. Especially in a High Rise because of the longer egress times. That may seem obvious, but did you know that less than 50% of the survivors surveyed after the Sept. 11th attacks on the WTC reported that they evacuated immediately? For more information on the behavior of the survivors during their evacuation of the World Trade Center Towers, read the report by Guylene Proulx. In this report she mentions the use of photoluminescent markings which proved helpful in the evacuation: "Four survivors reported seeing photoluminescent stripes on the stairs, railings and stairwell doors – an improvement the Port Authority made following the 1993 bombing. As one survivor stated, “All you had to do was follow those yellow-green stripes. They were wonderful. The stripes were especially valuable when the emergency stairs stopped and people had to travel horizontally through mechanical equipment spaces that had many doors” (Masetti, 2001)."  Whether it’s a traditional low rise building or a skyscraper, whether occupant leave immediately or wait, it is imperative that they be able to see their way out. Jalite photoluminescent egress signs will light the way out for any building. Contact us to find a distributor near you.

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High Rise, Exit Path Markings

High Rise, Exit Path Markings

New York City was the first legal jurisdiction to adopt as law the use of photoluminescent technology in the vertical exits of high rise facilities.The common terminology for this requirement is Stairwell Egress path marking however in photoluminescent terms is Safety Way guidance system (SWG) or non-electrical, escape route lighting. JALITE is proud to have played a part of this development. JALITE was the only manufacturer of photoluminescent safety products on the New York City task force that developed their reference standard (RS6-1) for high rise exit path markings as per NYC Local law 26. RS6-1 became the basis for revisions to the 2009 IBC, NFPA and Canadian building codes. JALITE is playing a major part in satisfying the needs of building owners and facilities management as we observe the progressive adoption of the IBC 2009 Code throughout the world.

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ISO 23601 Escape and Evacuation Plan Signs

ISO 23601 Escape and Evacuation Plan Signs

There is now an ISO Standard for such plans including a recommendation for photoluminescent material with no less than Class C ISO 17398 performance – ISO 23601 – Safety identification – Escape and evacuation plan signs The following is the abstract for users: ISO 23601:2009 establishes design principles for displayed escape plans that contain information relevant to fire safety, escape, evacuation and rescue of the facility's occupants. These plans may also be used by intervention forces in case of emergency. These plans are intended to be displayed as signs in public areas and workplaces. ISO 23601:2009 is not intended to cover the plans to be used by external safety services nor detailed professional technical drawings for use by specialists. Escape and evacuation plan signs should be designed by experienced designers to make floor plans visible and legible, easy to identify and read and oriented correctly. JALITE can make your plans effective and reflect best current practice. They can be reproduced on high quality Class C photoluminescent material according to ISO 23601:2009 or sub surface printed on fire resistant polycarbonate or PVC. Call us or register

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IMO Updates Guidelines for Fire Protection System Maintenance Requirements

IMO Updates Guidelines for Fire Protection System Maintenance Requirements

ATTENTION: The REVISED GUIDELINES FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES has been issued by the IMO. Member Governments are invited to apply the annexed Guidelines when performing maintenance, testing and inspections in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/14.2.2.1 on or after 31 May 2013 and bring the annexed Guidelines to the attention of ship owners, shipmasters, ships' officers and crew and all other parties concerned. You can view the revised guidelines here. Included in these guidelines are various system maintenance and tests to be performed at various intervals from weekly & monthly to 5 & 10 year maintenance.  Included in the test requirements are fire extinguishing systems such as fire mains and pump, foam and water mist systems as well as the Low Location Lighting on a weekly basis, and a 5 year test in accordance with the procedures in resolution A.752(18). The majority of these Fire protection systems have associated signs that may also need to be updated or replaced.  You can find the full range of JALITE FIRE CONTROL SYMBOL SIGNS on our website: www.jalitemarine.com. Contact JALITE to obtain a quote or find one of our authorized Marine distributors.

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JALITE in Tall Buildings

JALITE in Tall Buildings

JALITE Compliant Means NYC Code Compliant In reviewing New York City's new code, you can be confident that JALITE entire NYC RS 6-1 product line is 100% code compliant. In writing Local Law 26, the New York City Council gave the duty of writing the requirements with regards to the use of photoluminescence in Class E high rises to the Department of Buildings (DOB). In 2004 Jalite USA chaired a pro bono task force of experts in the areas of human behavior, photoluminescence, fire safety, and stairwell egress to put together a formal recommendation to the DOB. This group's recommendation, delivered in October of 2004, served as the key technical starting point for the Reference Standard 6-1 which was finally published in June of 2005. When Building Departments' Commissioner Lancaster appointed a 10-member panel to review and finalize RS 6-1 code requirements, JALITE alone was asked to represent the manufacturers. When the department of Materials and Equipment Approval (MEA) qualified the laboratories that could test photoluminescent material, they asked for different grades of JALITE material to test each lab's competency in testing the luminance of photoluminescent material. Why did New York City turn to JALITE?  Because for 30 years, we've been developing code compliant directional and exit guidance systems for government, commercial, and residential environments around the world. Our photoluminescent systems light the way to safety on six continents in dozens of languages and are tailored to hundreds of local codes making JALITE the world's largest purchaser of photoluminescent pigments. That's why we say "Jalite compliant means NYC code compliant." One phone call to (800) 901-4374 can solve all your NYC code requirements. One email to sales@jaliteusa.com will put you in contact with a dealer trained to answer all your questions and to supply you with everything you need to certify your building.

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Fire safety consultants

Fire safety consultants

JALITE is associated with a number of companies that offer professional and thorough risk assessment advice and guidance and in particular are capable of carrying out a fire safety sign survey according to Standards and good practice. Further information can be found from Means of Escape Publications Ltd at www.means-of-escape.com

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Jalite is active in over 109 countries

In the 35 year history of JALITE, products have been developed and supplied to over 100 countries in the world and often with safety messages in the local language or with dual language, with the International Safety language English. It has been a JALITE tradition to fully comply with National and International Standards for the design of our products. Now, with JALITE presence on three continents and Authorised Distribtors world wide we can be considered local throughout the world. Interested to Distribute JALITE products in your area of safety or your district and country? Just send us a mail and contact us now with an introduction.

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