Do your Fire Signs comply with the latest regulations?

In January 2023, the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 were amended to mandate that wayfinding signage in all high-rise residential buildings (18m in height, or 7 stories) is a legal requirement. The signage must clearly indicate floor level numbers, and flat numbers, and is crucial to safely guide firefighters and residents through the building during emergencies.

How Signbox can help

In light of the latest regulations, Signbox is proud to unveil its newest innovation: a comprehensive range of Fire and Rescue signs. Developed in accordance with the latest Wayfinding Signage regulations (15.13, 15.14, 15.15), these signs are specifically designed to enhance safety and aid navigation in emergency situations in high-rise buildings.

The design of fire and safety wayfinding must be thoughtfully considered and include the below key elements:

  • FIRE SAFETY – It’s important the signage itself complies with fire regulation – Signbox fire safety range uses FE Grade Dibond, an aluminum composite sheet boasting a Class B-s1, d0 fire rating according to EN 13501, this ensures that the signs maintain their structural integrity even in the event of a fire.
  • VISABILITY – It’s essential that signage is clear, easy to read and visible from a distance. The latest regulation stipulates that “The text should be in sans serif typeface with a letter height of at least 50mm. The height of the numeral that designates the floor number should be at least 75mm“. It is also important signage can be seen in low light conditions, so photoluminescent finishes should be considered.
  • CONSISTENCY – Fire safety signage should take on a theme and be used consistently throughout the building to avoid confusing and allow building users to quickly identify the signage.
  • WAYFINDING – Clear guidance should be given to building users in the way of directional arrows, clearly legible fonts and use of easily identifiable pictograms to ensure users are guided safely to exit routes.
  • LOCATION – Signage should be located in key areas such as stairwells, corridors, lift lobbies, at the building exits and in communal areas.

Design Considerations for Compliance:

When designing wayfinding signage, consider the following design principles to ensure compliance with the Fire Safety Act 2021 and Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022:

  1. CONTRAST: Use high-contrast colour combinations, such as white text on a black background or white symbols on a red or safety green background, to maximize readability.
  2. FONT CHOICE: Select clear, sans-serif fonts that are easy to read, even from a distance. Avoid decorative or overly stylized fonts that may impede legibility.
  3. SYMBOLISM: Incorporate internationally recognized symbols and pictograms to convey information quickly and effectively, particularly for non-English speakers or individuals with disabilities.
  4. BRAILLE AND TACTILE SIGNAGE: For buildings frequented by visually impaired individuals, ensure signage includes Braille and tactile elements to facilitate navigation.
  5. ILLUMINATION: Consider incorporating illuminated signage, particularly in areas with low lighting conditions or during nighttime hours, to enhance visibility.
  6. EVACUATION PLANS: Supplement wayfinding signage with evacuation plans posted in prominent locations throughout the premises, detailing escape routes and assembly points.

Ensuring Compliance and Peace of Mind

Staying compliant with fire safety regulations is not just a legal requirement but also a moral obligation to protect lives and property. Signbox’s new range of Fire and Rescue signs makes it easier than ever for building owners and managers to meet these regulations effectively. By investing in these signs, you not only ensure compliance but also provide peace of mind to occupants, knowing that their safety is a top priority.

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Don’t wait until it’s too late to upgrade your building’s fire safety signage. Signbox have been manufacturing quality fire safety signage for over 38 years, chat with us today to learn more about our comprehensive range of Fire and Rescue signs and how they can help your building meet and exceed regulatory requirements.  


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