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Do I need Fire Exit Signs?

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These signs can be one type of Fire Safety Sign, designed to help educate the public visually and give advice on the subject of Fire Safety within the building.

If you work in an inside or in a public space, you’ve probably seen this type of sign before likely not paying much attention to them. They’re typically located near stairs, along corridors and in close proximity to exit doors.

To grasp the significance of fire exit warnings – imagine being in a structure that is burning! It could an alarm for fire that ringing and you may feel smoke coming from the building, and perhaps the automatic door to fire retention device shuts doorways… You could be in a state of panic creeping in. You then see the Fire Exit Sign with an Arrow leading you to an exit route that is safe. Simple and straightforward (often self-adhesive or plastic) sign with clear instructions on about how to leave the building in a timely manner.

Do I need Fire Exit Signs

If your commercial or business premises are not large, you may not need fire Exit signs. They aren’t legally required when it is clear how to leave the building, such as an unassuming lockup or warehouse that has only one entrance.
If your premises are more complicated, then Fire Exit Signs are an essential requirement to be installed. The quantity you will require is determined by the design of your building , such as multiple floors, access routes, and the number of exits.
The idea is how simple is it for the occupants (especially visitors who aren’t familiar with the arrangement) to to get to escape a building particularly if it’s burning.

Fire Exit Sign Types

The Fire Exit signs are printed signs usually made of;

Rigid Plastic
Self-adhesive vinyl stickers
Glow in the Dark (photoluminscent) Plastic
Brushed Aluminum

The available designs are in a variety of sizes and formats and directional arrows in a variety of symbols.

Fire Exit Signs – typically the location of the final exit
Fire Exit Clear – Keep exit free of obstructions
Left Arrow of Fire Exit is an indication to turn left
Fire Exit Arrow Right an indicator to head right
Arrows for Fire Exit Up – an indication that you should continue on the current route
Up Arrow for Fire Exit Down, continue and eventually stairs leading down will be in view
A Fire Exit Arrow with a Diagonal Left an indication to turn left and then up
Fire Exit Arrow Diagonal Up Right indicates to head left and then up
A Fire Exit Arrow with a Diagonal Left an indication to head left and then down
A Fire Exit Arrow with a Diagonal Direction Down Right an indicator to turn right and go down

What Size?

Common sizes for a fire exit sign include: 300mm x100mm 400mm x 150mm 600mm 200mm. This is a guide to the sizes of signs you should to be used for your particular room space:

For rooms that are smaller in area of 14m or less 300mm x 100mm fire exit signs
Rooms with a distance of between 14m to 22m the following sizes are available: 400mm x150mm fire exit signs
Rooms with a distance of more than 31m: 600mm by 200mm fire exit signs
If the distance of view is greater than 47m, then you’ll need larger warning signs for fire escapes. They are typically 900mm x 300mm

Do you prefer to go up or down?

Up signs indicate that you should continue on the route currently in use Similar to the one-way signs on the road.

Down Signs indicate that there are stairs to be climbed close by in the route to exit.


Signs for fire escapes that glow in the dark (often called Glow in the Dark signs) are great in dim light circumstances, or when emergency lighting isn’t installed within the structure. They are charged in dark conditions and then serve as an illumination source for some time following. They’re an excellent solution for viewing in low light or in smoke-filled environments

The Fire Exit signs are an essential security measure that could help save people’s lives in case of an emergency fire.