EXIT SIGN REGULATIONS - REQUIREMENTS
All Exits shall be marked by a readily visible sign. Exit Signs are required designation and exit access and should be located with such Size, Color, Contrast and Design as to be visible in case of an Emergency.
Exit Sign Regulations and Requirements for your local area.
Exit signs must be clear of decorations, equipment which may impair visibility to means of an Exit. Access to exits must be marked by visible signs in all cases where the exit or way to reach it is not immediately visible to the occupants. Consisting with any door passage, or stairway which is neither an exit nor a way of exit access, and which is so located or arranged as to be likely to be mistaken for an exit, shall be identified by a sign reading "Not an Exit" or similar designation, or shall be identified by a sign indicating its destination; examples include "To Break Room," "Electrical Room," "Machine Room".
Exit Signage Requirements
An Exit sign, or similar designation, with an arrow indicating the directions, shall be placed in every location where the direction of travel to reach the nearest exit is not immediately apparent or as directed by local fire marshal.
Each of the signs marking exits should have the word "Exit" in legible letters no smaller than six inches high. The main stroke of the letter should be 3/4 inch wide. If the path to the nearest exit isn't obvious, an exit sign that includes an arrow directing the reader to the nearest exit will be required. Please refer to local laws in depth Sign Regulations and requirements.
Fire Exit Signs
If your commercial premises are small with a simple layout, you may not need a fire exit sign. Fire exit signs are not a requirement if it is ‘obvious’ where the exit is, for example when there is just one door at the front of a small shop where it is clear that would be the means of escape.
For more complex buildings however, fire exit signs are a necessity. What you specifically need comes down to how easily occupants would be able to find their way out of the building in the event of fire, especially if they’re not familiar with the layout.
In some cases you may need a series of directional signs leading occupants along the shortest route to escape. These are familiar to us as green exit signs with arrows indicating which way to go..