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A Brief History of Photoluminescent Marking, by James D. Amy

Pathway to the Present (Some keys in the history of pathway marking)
 

1980s- Electrically powered pathway marking required on commercial aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

1984 - Haunted House fire at Great Adventure Amusement Park kills eight. The Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) is subsequently modified to require directional exit marking in special amusement buildings.

1990 - Scandinavian Star cruise ship fire kills 158. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) passes a law in 1993 requiring pathway marking on all cruise ships and ferries by October 1997.

1993 - Bombing of World Trade Center kills six and injures more than 1,000. The bomb knocks out normal and emergency lighting, greatly complicating egress. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey subsequently installs Photoluminescent pathway marking in the stairs.

1997 - With the emergence of a brighter pigment, the FAA allows the use of Photoluminescent pathway marking in addition to electrically powered systems on commercial aircraft.

1999 - Following a deadly train wreck, the American Public Transit Association releases guidelines for installing pathway marking on commuter trains by 2006.

1999 - Canadian National Research Council releases a study comparing evacuation of a high-rise building using Photoluminescent pathway marking in some stairwells and traditional emergency lighting in others. Study finds that occupant egress speeds are comparable even though occupants were unfamiliar with pathway marking technology.

2000 - NFPA 101 is modified to include the use of Photoluminescent exit signs.

2001 - September 11th attacks result in collapse of World Trade Center towers. Survivors report that the Photoluminescent pathway marking assisted them in their escape. In the Pentagon, occupants report difficulty in escaping after Flight 77 slammed into the building. Reconstruction of the Pentagon includes the addition of Photoluminescent pathway marking in corridors and stairwells.

2003 - The United Nations voluntarily installs Photoluminescent pathway marking in corridors and stairwells of its New York City complex.

2004 - Citing the use of Photoluminescent pathway marking on September 11th, New York City passes Local Law 26, which includes a requirement for Photoluminescent pathway marking in all high-rise office building stairs by July 2006.

2007 - Canadian National Research Council releases a second study of evacuation of a high-rise building comparing Photoluminescent pathway marking to traditional emergency lighting. Study suggests that Photoluminescent pathway marking may be an acceptable alternative to emergency lighting.

2007 - New Zealand modifies its building code to allow the use of pathway marking or emergency lighting to identify the egress path.

2007 - The International Code Council (ICC) adopts a requirement for the 2009 International Building Code (IBC) for Photoluminescent pathway marking in the stairwells of new high-rise buildings of most occupancy groups: assembly, business, education, institutional, mercantile and transient residential (hotels).

2008 - Proposal made to modify the 2009 IBC to require Photoluminescent pathway marking in existing high rise buildings for the 2009 IBC.

2008 - Proposal made to modify the 2009 IBC to allow the building owner to choose between Photoluminescent pathway marking or emergency lighting to identify the egress path.

2008 - Proposal made to provide guidelines for pathway marking in NFPA 101. 

A brief guide to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

What are some of the issues business may face?

"For those businesses that will not be directly liable under the scheme, there will be issues for those businesses to consider as well.

The importance of those issues depends on how emissions intensive their business inputs are, for example, how much electricity is used.

When the increased costs from the scheme cascade through the economy, a decision should be made on pricing (whether to pass on the extra costs or not) and it may impact upon investment decisions."

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I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to cover a fire in a pan! This is a dramatic video (30-second, very short) about how to deal with a common kitchen fire ... oil in a frying pan.

Read the following introduction, then watch the show ... It's a real eye-opener!! 
 
At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field.

An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a 10 foot pole toss water onto the grease fire.

The results certainly got the attention of the students.

The water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated.

The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out.

On the open field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast. Inside the confines of  a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room. 
 
Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

This is a powerful message----watch the video and don't forget what you see. Tell your whole family about this video.

Or better yet, send this link to them and tell them about Nightbright-Nightshine Australia!

Click here to view clip

There's a Glowing Revolution in the Exit Sign Industry!

There's a new kid on the block when it comes to exit signs, and this one is made of Photoluminescent materials.

These signs have come about at just the right time. 

The current  administration-indeed, the mood of the country in general-is calling for not only a much greener approach to energy, but also a greater focus on savings in terms of budgetary concerns.

These exit signs fit the bill easily in both categories, and will be the answer for some time going forward.

Let's examine why this is the case.

Photoluminescent exit signs have many advantages over their predecessors in the exit sign industry.

The old incandescent lighting and the subsequent radioactive tritium exit signs both carried with them huge baggage that made their replacement not only inevitable, but a necessity.

Incandescent lighting requires that you change bulbs, keep electrical wiring intact, and have an adequate backup system, whether that be batteries or a generator system.

They need regular maintenance, and then of course there's the direct cost of the energy needed to power them.

Tritium exit signs are another matter entirely. Because of their radioactive nature, they are individually tagged and tracked by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. When it comes time to get rid of them, they need to be disposed of by a licensed hazardous materials handler.

Then there's all the paperwork involved-and business owners that choose not to comply with these regulations will face a bevy of penalties and fines from the authorities.

Who needs those problems! In fact, there are so many environmental concerns about these exit signs that they are no longer being manufactured or sold in the United States.

Photoluminescent exit signs have none of these issues.
   
They require no electricity or external power of any kind to run.
   
Photoluminescent exit signs have none of these issues.
   
They require no electricity or external power of any kind to run.
   
They need no battery or generator backup to ensure that they will illuminate when needed.
   
These exit signs and other emergency egress markings collect and store ambient light so that they can dispense it when there is an emergency event.
   
They glow green to a distance of up to 100 feet, and are visible even in smoke-filled environments or utter darkness.
   
They will stay lit for several days, and are 100% reliable.
   
They will be there when you need them.

These Photoluminescent exit signs and other egress products can also do wonders for your bottom line as well as the environment. 

With an installation of 100 of these signs, a typical building would realize a direct savings of more than $3,500 per year, as well as a reduction in your building's carbon footprint of some half a million pounds of CO2 over the life of the products.

That's significant!

 

ARTICLES & SAFETY NEWS

  A FIELD STUDY ON PHOTOLUMINESCENT SIGNAGE
 
  ADA SIGNS
 
  EMERGENCY ESCAPE ROUTING SYSTEMS
 
  EVACUATION
 
  GLOW & BEHOLD
 
  GUIDELINES FOR SIGNS IN MULTI-STORY BUILDINGS
 
  GUIDELINES FOR STAIRWELLS IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS
 
  ILLUMINATING THE WAY
 
  IMPROVING BUILDING SAFETY
 
  INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL VOTES 
 
  INTERNATIONAL TRENDS
 
  LEARNING FROM 9-11
 
  SEPT 11 MAY 2002 - TWIN TOWERS
 
  PATHWAY MARKING CAN SPEED EVACUATION
 
  PHOTOLUMINESCENCE TO THE RESCUE
 

 PL SIGN TECHNOLOGY Vs ELECTRICALLY POWERED
 
 PL SAFETY GLOW STEPS
 
 PHOTOLUMINESCENT MARKERS & DOMES
 
 RECENT TRENDS IN GLOW IN THE DARK COLOURATION
 
 WHICH WAY OUT
 
 NY CITY REFERENCE STANDARD 6-1
 
  VIDEO CLIPS & MEDIA
 

  ORLANDO - 2008 PRESENTATION - PART 1
* Running time approx 2.46 # 4 Mins
  ORLANDO - 2008 PRESENTATION - PART 2
* Running time approx 1.40 # 2 Mins
  ORLANDO - 2008 PRESENTATION - PART 3
* Running time approx 4.40 # 9 Mins
  ORLANDO - 2008 PRESENTATION - PART 4
* Running time approx 3.30 # 6 Mins
  ORLANDO - 2008 PRESENTATION - PART 5
* Running time approx 6.40 # 19 Mins
  ORLANDO - 2008 PRESENTATION - PART 6
* Running time approx 4.11 # 10 Mins
  WHAT TO DO WITH A KITCHEN FIRE
* Running time approx .35
  NiGHTSHiNE PRESENTATION
* Running time approx 5.00
  CHILDERS BACKPACKER FIRE 1993
   

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