Fire Equipment Location Signs
In the event of a fire, there’s not a moment to lose for people to find fire alarms and for authorized personnel to locate fire hoses, fire extinguishers, valves and other fire apparatus. As the facility owner, best practices in safety communication means that you clearly and accurately mark your fire equipment’s location so it can easily be found.
Because of our involvement with writing both the NFPA and ISO standards related to fire safety signs, we understand how fire equipment location sign systems are meant to be designed and installed. Most facilities don’t get it right.
Picture the risk situation you’re trying to address. The need is to find a fire hose, alarm or extinguisher at any time practically anywhere in your facility. The optimum situation is that the location of this equipment can be readily seen in every area. But this is rarely the case. Obstacles, partitions, corridors, posts and corners in rooms exist. Various fire equipment resides in different places. So the best safety practice is to post a fire equipment location sign above the actual equipment, and then install directional versions of the same sign pointing to the direction to the equipment whenever people cannot actually see the equipment (or its “above-the-equipment” sign). In this way, either the equipment or the direction to the equipment is clearly indicated in every area of your facility.
When it comes to fire safety equipment, it’s important that facility owners around the world all speak the same visual language. This means using the same graphical symbols. That’s why all of our signs in this category utilize symbols standardized by ISO – so no matter what the location is, or what your people’s backgrounds are, they’ll instantly recognize the fire safety sign they’re looking at.
At Clarion, we strongly recommend you choose to order the photoluminescent versions of our fire equipment signs. Fires occur in power-out conditions and the glow provided by your fire safety signs will give people the visual cues they need to orient themselves in their environment.
Each of our fire equipment location signs can be ordered in flat, panoramic or flag styles to match the viewing angle(s) you expect the sign to be seen from.