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Photoluminescent materials have been around for a very long time with one of the first installations being utilised by the Germans during World War II in order to be able to see without the need for electrical lighting. U-Boat Commanders used to rub the powder on their hands charge it and use the afterglow to read maps whilst above water at night.


With the advancements of technology photoluminescent products today provide a higher intensity of light and has been the prefered choice of emergency lighting in many other countries across the Globe including Japan, U.S.A and Australia.


Please note that BS5266 part 1 2011 Clause 6.4 states;

BS5266 Part 1 2011 The normal height for luminaires should be at least 2 m, but the mounting height might need to be risk-assessed for the application, taking into account the effects of glare, the need to be below the possible build-up of smoke in smoke reservoirs, conditions in specific buildings (e.g. heritage buildings), or to highlight specific hazards such as stairs.


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Large public services recognise the benefits of low level this space for more information.

Hertfordshire Fire Service recognise the benefits of low level wayguidance and fit system within their HQ

Recommendation for Social Housing Providers

Coroner's Letter to Sir Ken Knight Chief Fire and Rescue Advisers Unit

4th February 2013









Death by misadventure in each case in conjunction with the following narrative:


“Firefighters Alan Bannon and James Shears died from sudden exposure to initially intense heat from 20.38 to 20.41 and thereafter to excessive heat while dealing with a fire in a flat on the 9th floor of the high-rise tower block Shirley Towers". 


Item 9:


It is recommended that there should be an obligation to:


a)   provide signage to indicate floor levels both in stairwells and lift lobbies in high rise premises, to assist the emergency services;



b)   ensure that signage indicating flat numbers and emergency exits in high rise premises are placed at a low level to increase visibility in smoke conditions.



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