Emergency Light Flick Test - What Is It?



You may be asking, what is an emergency light flick test, the blog below will inform you on all you need to know.


Emergency lighting should be tested monthly with a "flick test" which is a momentary power interruption to show the lighting works under loss of power condition - in line with BS EN 50172 and BS 5266-8


By law businesses must have emergency lighting. Emergency lighting must be well-maintained, using procedures like ‘flick' tests and 'duration' tests to ensure compliance.


What is a 'flick test'?


The main purpose of a 'flick test' is to illuminate escape routes, and show where fire-fighting equipment is if there’s a fire.


The building's power will be briefly turned off to ensure all emergency lighting fittings work or stay illuminated.


If any lighting doesn't turn on or does not work during the flick test, you will need to get the light repaired or replaced.


Are 'flick tests' mandatory?


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 does not explicitly state that flick tests have to be carried out by law. However, it does say:


"Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting."


This means that it is a legal requirement to ensure that emergency lighting stays on in an emergency, at a brightness that allows people to exit the building.


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