Your batteries are the most critical single element in your emergency power or lighting system.

It's just good business practice to maintain all your equipment.

Maintenance of equipment that you rely on in cases of emergency may also be a matter of Life Safety. In most jurisdictions there are mandatory requirements related to batteries used in these devices.

The NFPA Life Safety code 101, Section SECTION 5-9 - EMERGENCY LIGHTING,  states in part . . . .

  • "5-9.3 Testing and Maintenance . . . . Whenever or wherever any device, equipment, [or] required for compliance with the provisions of this Code, such device, equipment, [or] system...shall thereafter be permanently maintained unless the Code exempts such maintenance."  . . . and

  • "31-1.3.4 Any equipment requiring test or periodic operation to assure its maintenance shall be tested or operated as specified elsewhere in this Code or as directed by the authority having jurisdiction." . . . and

  • "31-1.3.5 Systems shall be under the supervision of a responsible person who shall ensure that proper tests are made at specified intervals and have general charge of all alterations and additions." . . . and

  • "31-1.3.7 Periodic Testing of Emergency Lighting Equipment. A functional test shall be conducted on every required emergency lighting system at 30-day intervals for a minimum of 30 seconds. An annual test shall be conducted for the 1-1/2 hour duration. Equipment shall be fully operational for the duration of the test. Written records of testing shall be kept by the owner for inspection by the authority having jurisdiction."

Preventative Maintenance:

If you do not have the time, qualified and knowledgeable personnel and equipment to comply with the requirements of NFPA Life Safety Code requirements, let ELESCO perform those duties for you.

ELESCO has an expert staff of trained field service engineers. We use the most advanced technical equipment and on-site troubleshooting. Our skilled factory trained field engineers can perform preventative services on all critical subsystems, including load testing of the batteries. We can assist you in developing and maintaining the required written records.

Our scheduled preventative maintenance programs assure that your units are always on-line and capable of performing their required functions.

We can, under contract, provide 24-hour response time for emergencies, 7- days a week, 365 days a year.

Battery Replacement:

The NFPA Life Safety code 101 also states . . .

  • "5-9.2.4 Battery operated emergency lights shall use only reliable types of rechargeable batteries provided with suitable facilities for maintaining them in properly charged condition. Batteries used in such lights or units shall be approved for their intended use and shall comply with NFPA 70, National Electrical Code."

ELESCO maintains a readily available stock of batteries that comply with these requirements and can furnish and/or install as required.

For more complete information on applicable coded, please refer to the CODE section.


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