An emergency exit sign is a safety sign used to indicate the location of the nearest exit in case of an emergency, such as a fire or other hazardous situations. These signs are designed to be highly visible and easily understood, ensuring that people can quickly identify the exit routes. An exit sign often has the word ‘EXIT’ on it.
The term ‘exit’ suggests a clear path to leave a building or structure, but on a ship at sea, the concept of a traditional ‘exit’ doesn’t quite apply. In maritime emergencies, crew and passengers are guided to specific areas like assembly points or embarkation stations, not directly off the ship. At T-ISS, we believe that ‘Emergency Exit Signs’ on ships should be labeled more accurately to reflect this reality, with phrases like ‘Assembly Point’ or ‘Embarkation Station’ to guide individuals during emergencies.
An emergency exit is indicated by specific signs and features to ensure quick and safe evacuation during emergencies. These indicators include:
Exit signs have to comply with various international standards, including those set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The specific ISO standard for exit signs is ISO 7010:2019 – “Graphical symbols – Safety colours and safety signs – Registered safety signs.”
ISO 7010:2019 provides a set of guidelines for the design, color, and symbols used on safety signs, including Emergency exit signs, to ensure they are easily understood worldwide. The standard outlines specific shapes and designated safety colors, along with universally recognizable pictograms for communicating safety messages, such as those for emergency exits.
Depending on the country and its specific regulations or standards, an Emergency Exit Sign can either be red or green. In the United States and Canada, the signs are usually red to denote stop and caution. However, in many European countries or other countries following international standards like ISO, the colour green is used for exit signs.
Fire exit signs are specific types of safety signage used to indicate the location and direction to the nearest exit in case of a fire. Fire Exit Signs and Emergency exit signs have the same goal, but the difference between the two lies in their specific focus. Emergency exit signs are intended for a broader range of situations, not just fires.
Despite their differences, on many vessels, the signs serve similar purposes, guiding people to safety.
Illuminated signs are signs that have an integrated lighting source, making them visible in low-light conditions or in the dark. Illuminated exit signs require an external power source, but what happens in case of a power outage?
The Emergency Exit Signs at T-ISS can still produce light, hours after the power goes down, because of their photoluminescent properties. This is a unique feature for Emergency Exit Signs, ensuring your safety even in case of a total power outage.
Emergency exit signs (or Assembly station signs) on ships and vessels are crucial for the safety of passengers and crew. Due to the unique challenges and conditions associated with the marine environment, Safety Signage on ships and vessels differs from those on land:
IMO exit signs refer to emergency exit signs that comply with the standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO is an agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. Signs that comply with IMO, like the Safety Signs from T-ISS (made by SafeSign) are designed to meet specific requirements for visibility, durability, and standardization in the maritime environment.
T-ISS provides a range of high quality Electrical Escape Signs, featuring our exclusive ‘Dutch Design’ LED Escape signs. These premium quality signs are expertly crafted to clearly mark escape routes and blend in seamlessly with modern naval architecture. Our LED Escape signs are not only easy to install, but offer a dependable and elegant solution suitable for cruise ships, ferries, offshore installations, and commercial vessels. Additionally, we have a more basic design available for cargo ships and other non-passenger vessels.
All our Safety signs comply with EU standards and hold Wheelmark certification. They also meet the international safety standards established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for Safety of Life at Sea.
To enhance our range, we also provide non-electrical escape signs from SafeSign, alongside Low Location Lighting, for ships and vessels. In the event of a power failure, these essential products ensure high visibility, maintaining safety standards on board.
The Exit Emergency Signs we offer at T-ISS are high-quality Esacpe Signs that comply with EU standards and have Wheelmark approval. To complement our LED escape signs, we also offer non-electrical escape signs from SafeSign and Low Location Lighting for ships and vessels.
If you are interested in becoming a dealer for our wide range of safety products, please contact us!