Under these standards, exit signs are not required to be installed in a building based on its design, location, age, or other characteristics. Additionally, there are no requirements for what type of sign is used, where they are installed, and the consistency of use in a building (e.g., at every door, etc.). The function of lighted exit signs is to allow you to find the exit or emergency egress route in an emergency and provide better visibility in a fire situation. The standards for exit signs include the following conditions:

  • Missing: The sign must be fully intact and functional if evidence exists of a previously installed sign or sign components.
  • The exit sign must be firmly mounted and in good condition.
  • The word “EXIT” must be legible and visible (i.e., not blocked by any object)
  • The exit sign has to be adequately illuminated. * If a test button is present, engage the test button and verify that the battery-powered backup light comes on. – If there is no test button, verify that the AC-powered sign is fully lit.
  • Some AC-powered signs may have unutilized test buttons, and some backup batteries may be remotely located.
  • Combination auxiliary light and exit sign devices must be recorded as two deficiencies, each within its respective inspectable item.
Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 Exit sign is damaged (i.e., visibly defective; impacts functionality) Life Threatening 24 Hours Fail
1 Exit sign is missing Life Threatening 24 Hours Fail
1 Exit sign is obstructed such that the word “EXIT” is not clearly visible Life Threatening 24 Hours Fail
1 Exit sign is not adequately illuminated Life Threatening 24 Hours Fail

Exit Sign Standard V2.2, Updated 6/16/23

Revision: 7
Last modified: 18 June 2023


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