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Does My Facility Need Floor-Level Exit Signs?


As a leading provider of fire exit signage, The Exit Store understands that exit signs are a part of everyday life. From your workplace to the grocery store, they’re practically everywhere, yet so hard to miss. But the importance of these exit signs can’t be overstated, especially if you own, manage, or are constructing a building. Choosing your exit signs’ placement shapes your entire building’s egress system and protecting everyone inside in the event of an emergency.

You put anyone in a public facility and tell them to find the exit signs, what direction do you think they’re going to look first? We’re willing to bet they look up, scanning the wall space above the doors and people’s heads. This instinct makes sense in many situations since most people can see elevated exit signs, but today, we’ll dive into the benefits of installing low location exit signs. Take a look at this infographic for a brief overview of what you should be familiar with, then continue reading to learn more about how The Exit Store can keep your building and its occupants safe.

When Are They Required?

Some buildings require you to have low-level exit signs, including hotels, motels, hostels, long-term care facilities, and more. In these buildings and similar facilities (designated as Group R-1 by the International Building Code), low-level signs have been determined necessary.

As of 2018, the International Building Code requires placement of low-level signs to be between 10-18 inches.

Who Does It Benefit?

Even if your building isn’t legally obligated to have low-level signs, that doesn’t mean they aren’t a good idea. Low-level signage increases visibility for specific demographics, including disabled persons, children, and those below the average height. If your business accommodates a range of customers, clients, or guests, low-level signage can help protect all of the occupants.

When Low-Level Comes Out on Top

When a fire spreads and smoke fills every open space it can find, people often resort to crawling on the ground to avoid the poisonous air. Exit signs placed too high can prevent people from getting out of the buildings safely, but low-level signage can prevent a bad situation from becoming even more tragic. These signs don’t only help people escaping — they can be useful for firefighters as well.

If your business or facility needs fire exit signs, turn to The Exit Store today!