What is Emergency Lighting Testing?

Fire Services Act 1981 and 2003 Where does it apply? To the majority of all non-domestic premises

What’s involved?
• Compliance to I.S. 3217:2013+A1:2017 – Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises
• Compliance to I.S. 3218:2013+A1:2019 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings
• The building must always be safe and if occupants are to remain on site during a power failure,
they require suitable protection (standby lighting)
The responsible person (building owner/occupier) is required to ensure that the premises are
maintained with a safe means of escape, appropriate emergency lighting and signage. I.S. 3217 is the
Code of Practice for the emergency lighting for premises.

Why it’s important

Life Safety First – in an emergency situation it helps occupants evacuate the building safely
To minimise panic – a well-lit exit route will make it easier for occupants to identify a way out quickly
To help first responders – they may not be familiar with the building layout so emergency lighting
will help them reach their targets quickly and safely
Compliance – to comply with current standards of health and safety in the workplace. It is a legal
requirement to prove that you comply with these standards

Find out more here Emergency Escape and Fire Fighting – Health and Safety Authority (hsa.ie)

Our Tests:

 Our Schedule of tests will ensure that you are compliant with the appropriate health and safety standards. Our Emergency Lighting Testing procedure comprises:


  • Illuminating each emergency light, from its battery source, for 30 minutes for the quarterly test and 3 hours on the annual test.
  • Examination of all fittings to ensure they are working correctly.
  • Checking and filling out the logbook.
  • Issuing a certificate of testing on completion.
  • Provision of a schedule of weekly tests to be carried out by staff.
  • Issuing reminders when your re-tests are due.
  • Contact us for a quote.