Surge in building and property owners neglecting their Emergency Lighting safety requirements


Nearly 50% of firms in England do not have the correct emergency lighting, this according to a 2020 report by Hilcare. In 2018 another report showed that more than a third of England’s social housing tower blocks had unsuitable emergency lighting.


A survey in which nearly 1,600 tower blocks were included - 40% of the country’s total social stock – 402, which equates to 25%, had inadequate or missing emergency lighting located at residential escape routes.


Regardless of the previous evidence in the form of the various studies conducted, which highlighted the very real and very dangerous gaps in residential safety when it came to emergency lighting, the issue remains. As mentioned above, nearly 50% of firms in England do not have the correct emergency lighting, this according to a 2020 report by Hilcare. Inside Housing produced another report in 2018, which showed that more than a third of England’s social housing tower blocks had unsuitable emergency lighting.


Severe penalties are a real and genuine consequence of poor safety measures and practises, this includes poor emergency lighting. Penalties can easily include steep fines and or prison time.


Warren Spencer, a fire safety solicitor, reviewed as many as 200 of his cases from between the years of 2006-2019 that were brought under the Fire Safety Order legislation and found that the average fine for breaches since the Grenfell fire tragedy is just under £28,000. This is over a third (35%) higher than the average across 2014-2019, which was around £20,000.




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