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HYLINE SAFETY COMPANY has MEA approval #'s for select photoluminrscent products we offer:

Glo Brite Brand - MEA 240-05-M, MEA 241-05-M

As per New York City Department of Building Report of Materials and Equipment Acceptance Division.

Examples of hallway signs and markings
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Find your way to safety in an emergency.
HYLINE SAFETY Photo Luminescent Products

HYLINE SAFETY manufactures and distributes Photo Luminescent materials. Photo luminescent materials (commonly called "glow-in-the-dark") emit stored light as a result of being exposed to ambient light. HYLINE SAFETY photo luminescent materials are used to enhance public safety in a practical and economically viable way. HYLINE Safety photo luminescent products are designed to make significant improvements to the marking of the egress path, exit doors and stairs. Installing non-electric, HYLINE SAFETY photo luminescent signs in a low location along walls or on the floor means the way out is clearly marked in any situation. Even in smoke-filled hallways, low-location non-electric signs are much easier to see and more reliable than conventional electric powered signs and can lead people to safety.

HYLINE SAFETY photo luminescent escape signs can be used to create complete emergency way finding direction systems that can be easily followed when evacuating a building. HYLINE SAFETY emergency way finding direction systems provide simple visual aid to occupants to identify the nearest location and direction of escape routes leading to a designated fire exit or exit.

HYLINE SAFETY uses high performance Photo Luminescent materials that are second to none in the market.

Here are the newly revised applicable laws that will be enforced in NYC starting July 1, 2006. This document has been edited to display the new code revisions pertinent to Photo Luminescent signs:

Proposed Int. No. 126-A

By Council Member Provenzano (by request of the Mayor)

A LOCAL LAW

To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to building safety.

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

§14. The title of article 7 of subchapter 6 of chapter one of title 27 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:
Exit Signs and Other Markings
§15. Section 27-383 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:
§27-383 Requirements. (a) Exit signs. Except in occupancy groups J-2 and J-3, the location of every exit on every floor and every opening from a room classified in occupancy group J-1 and containing cubicles shall be clearly indicated by exit signs. Such signs shall be placed at an angle with the exit opening if such placement is required for the signs to serve their purpose. In long corridors, in open floor areas, and in all other situations where the location of the exit may not be readily visible or understood, directional signs shall be provided to serve as guides from all portions of the corridor or floor.
(b) Exit path markings in high rise office buildings and in occupancy group E high rise buildings. On and after July 1, 2006 all high rise office buildings and all high rise buildings classified in occupancy group E shall have exit path markings conforming to this subdivision. This provision shall be retroactive and shall apply to buildings constructed on and after such date and to buildings in existence on such date. All exit path markings required herein shall be of an approved photoluminescent material. The markings shall be washable, non-toxic, non radioactive, and if subjected to fire must be self extinguishing when the flame is removed.
(1) All doors opening to corridors, to an exit, or to an exit passageway, shall be marked with the word “exit”.
(2) Within exit stairs, horizontal extensions in exit stairs, horizontal exits, supplemental vertical exits and exit passageways, except within street level lobbies, there shall be directional markings.
(3) Required markings for exit paths shall comply with the technical standards for installation and placement to be set forth in a reference standard. Such reference standard shall be designated RS 6-1 and shall be adopted on or before January 1, 2006.
§16. Article 7 of subchapter 6 of chapter one of title 27 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 27-383.1 to read as follows:
§27-383.1 Additional requirements for high rise office buildings and occupancy group E high rise buildings. In high rise office buildings and in occupancy group E high rise buildings:
(a) Illuminated exit signs complying with section 27-386 of this subchapter shall be placed in stairwells with horizontal extensions to indicate the transition from vertical to horizontal direction and at turns along the horizontal path.
(b) A supplementary sign complying with sections 27-394 and 27-395 of this subchapter, except that the lettering and numerals shall be at least one inch high, indicating the location of a recessed re-entry door, shall be securely attached on the wall of the landing that faces the evacuee on the stairs.
(c) In stairs where there is no entry or exiting from such stair for more than four floors, a sign complying with sections 27-394 and 27-395, except that the lettering and numerals shall be at least one inch high, shall be securely attached at the beginning of the descent into such portion of the stair on the wall of the landing that faces the evacuee on the stairs stating the location of the next re-entry or exiting floor. On each floor within such portion of the stair a sign complying with sections 27-392 and 27-395 shall be securely attached to the wall of the landing that faces the evacuee on the stairs approximately five feet above the floor indicating the floor number.
(d) Signs shall be readily visible from the egress direction.
(e) High rise office buildings and high rise buildings classified in occupancy group E in existence on the effective date of this section shall comply with this section on or before July 1, 2007. For the purpose of this section, a high rise building shall be deemed to be in existence on the effective date of this section if on such effective date it is complete or under construction or where an application for approval of plans was filed with the department prior to such effective date and construction commenced within two years after such effective date.
§17. Section 27-384 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision (c) to read as follows:
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the existing buildings required to comply with subdivision (b) of this section, all such existing exit and/or directional signs on circuits taken off ahead of the main switch shall be connected to an emergency power source or to storage battery equipment meeting the requirements of the commissioner on or before July 1, 2007.


Evidenced by current events happening throughout the world power failures, hurricanes, earthquakes, natural disasters, acts of terrorism and fires can happen at any time of the day or night. Panic and fear can easily occur. Preparedness is the key to safety.

Photo Luminescence is the most economical and foolproof method to ensure that people can easily find and use the path to a safe emergency exit.

Using Photo luminescent Emergency exit / egress systems will clearly point out escape routes in darkened environments. This is imperative to aid people's abilities to find their way out of a building quickly, efficiently and safely.

According to statistics 73% of deaths during fires in buildings are caused by smoke. Fires produce dense smoke, which rapidly fill buildings very quickly from the ceiling down. Many accidents can happen when people try to evacuate buildings during power failures and fires. It is in these instances that lighting is limited or is no longer available. Use of Photo Luminescent signs and low-level way finding markers can save lives.

During the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, many of the buildings occupants escaped the collapse and were able to evacuate safely because the Port Authority of NYC had placed Photo Luminescent paint and other markings on the exit pathways. The use of Photo Luminescent markers followed the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

The full benefits of Photo Luminescent materials are realized when there is:

1) Reduced light or smoke from fires in buildings.
2) Where there are way finding difficulties.
3) Where not all routes are familiar to the majority of building users.

Photo Luminescent Safety Egress Systems

Photo Luminescent Emergency egress systems address several safety and evacuation problems. Using Photo Luminescent markers, signs, way finding markers and direction indicators at ground level help to overcome the problems in emergency evacuation caused by lack of visibility and disorientation in smoke conditions.

Photo Luminescent emergency egress / exit systems are used in buildings, ships, military installations, underground railways, tunnels, mines, refineries and other industrial facilities. Photo Luminescent signs and markings provide clear and visible directions to help ensure a safe emergency evacuation and prevent panic if power fails.

Photo Luminescent signs and markers are especially useful when:

1. There is no emergency lighting.
2. The emergency lighting fails to work.
3. Smoke obscures the emergency lighting.

There are numerous types of Photo Luminescent signs and markers:

There are Photo Luminescent stripes and bands or arrows on walls, floors and stairs, on and around doors, marking emergency equipment and as printed signs and diagrams.

The Need - Evacuation in Darkness or Smoke

The need to evacuate a building can occur for many reasons; Fires, blackouts, power failures and other public emergencies. When an evacuation of a building occurs in darkness or in a smoke condition, the evacuation becomes more difficult and dangerous. People become disorientated in the dark. In numerous documented cases, evacuees can actually go in the wrong direction away from the proper emergency exit and become trapped. This is a major cause of fire fatalities.

In the event of a fire, smoke develops when materials burn, greatly reducing visibility. Even if emergency or normal lighting is operating perfectly, the smoke can hinder the clear path to exits.

Photo Luminescent signs and markers save lives:

1. When lights suddenly go out, a person in an inner room can now easily see the exit door sign, and emergency exit door handle.

2. The walls are marked with a Photo Luminescent bands showing the way out.

3. Photo Luminescent bands (stripes) and arrows show the direction of an exit. Fire extinguishers and Fire Hoses are identified with glow-in-the dark signs. Exit doors are surrounded by a Photo Luminescent bands (stripes); leaving non-exit door unmarked so as not to confuse evacuees.

4. On stairs, striping will illuminate the stairs, arrows point to the direction of outside exits.

5. At ground level (low level way finding markers), show exits marked with arrows pointing to exit doors, other Photo Luminescent bands (stripes) surround and illuminate emergency exit signs. Markers and arrows are placed low so that if a smoke condition is present and evacuees are crawling to safety (as smoke rises) they can follow the arrows and markers.

6. A Photo Luminescent exit route plan shows the nearest emergency exit and alternative emergency routes.

7. In industrial facilities and offshore marine facilities and ships, ladders are marked with Photo Luminescent materials; glow-in-the-dark stripes lead evacuees to the main emergency exit routes.

The major benefits of Photo luminescent systems are:

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers are not dependent upon any mechanical device that can fail.

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers function under any conditions, including heavy smoke.

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers help the safe, orderly and speedy evacuation of buildings in blackout conditions.

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers actually assist people when no evacuation is called for; they provide people with clear exit markings and aid in providing orientation.

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low-level way finding markers cannot fail, ever, provided they have been exposed to normal lighting levels prior to darkened conditions.

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers function even in heavy smoke conditions that would obscure electrically operated emergency lighting systems.

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers are easy and economical to install and maintain (essentially they are maintenance free).

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers require no electricity, zero maintenance and are not affected by heat or cold and explosion.

• Photo Luminescent emergency exit signs and low level way finding markers require no additional expenses. The signs and striping need no maintenance other than occasional cleaning when necessary. It is unnecessary to check their function. Visual inspections are all that is needed.

HYLINE SAFETY Photo luminescent products:

• Emergency Pathway Signs & Markers
• UL 924 Exit Signs
• Building Signs Egress Systems
• Low-Level Exit Signs
• Hazard Tape & Marking System
• Industrial & Danger Signs

Today’s buildings are more complex than ever before. Buildings contain assorted forms of machinery, offices, conveying belts, shelves, storage bins, parts, supplies, furniture, computers and process control equipment. All of these things can impede the exit to safety in the event of an emergency.

Operating under normal conditions, workers and occupants can easily find their way through the labyrinth of obstacles, but in an emergency situation where vision is impaired by darkness or a smoke condition, obstacles can result in disaster for people trying to evacuate.

When there is an emergency, smoke or power outage, people evacuating can become confused, disoriented and sometimes panic. In emergency situations the #1 concern is to move people quickly from danger to safety.

Using HYLINE SAFETY photo luminescent “glow-in-the-dark” Emergency Exit Signs, Emergency Pathway Marking Systems and Low-Level Exit Signs will reduce confusion and avoid panic. Our HYLINE SAFETY photo luminescent safety signs can help to save lives by clearly illuminating the path to exits and safety.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 266-03
September 23, 2003

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER PATRICIA J. LANCASTER PROPOSE LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE BUILDING SAFETY

Proposed Legislation Based Upon World Trade Center Building Code Task Force Recommendations on Improving Building Safety.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, AIA, today proposed legislation to implement recommendations published by the World Trade Center Building Code Task Force. The task force of experts from government, the real estate community, and the design and construction professions released its recommendations in February 2003. It also received input from academia, special needs communities, and 9/11 victims’ families and survivors. The Task Force made 21 recommendations to enhance and implement standards for public safety that affect occupant safety during emergency events and to implement these standards. The proposal presented today will implement 13 recommendations that require legislative action and will be introduced to the City Council on September 30th.

“This legislation represents our commitment to make certain that New York City is a safe place to live, work, and build,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Although our building code is among the most stringent in the nation, these proposals will help to ensure that buildings and their safety systems more effectively avoid or respond to unknown risks without compromising the economic vitality of the City.”

“This proposal is a major step toward ensuring that the tragedy of September 11th leads to positive changes and enhancing the safety of our buildings without compromising the economic viability of major construction,” said Commissioner Lancaster.

HYLINE SAFETY Note: There were several Task Force Recommendations on Improving Building Safety aside from what we have listed here:

Improved Markings, Exit Signage, and Back-up Power to Exit Signs. Exit stairs and doors in new or existing high-rise office buildings will be required to have glow-in-the-dark markings. New and existing high-rise (75 feet or greater) office buildings will be required to install additional signs where exit stairs have horizontal extensions, where stairwell re-entry doors are recessed to assist egress. Existing high-rise office buildings with grandfathered exit signs will be required to provide back-up power to those signs.

Other Task Force’s recommendations include:

Full Building Evacuation Planning. High-rise office buildings will be required to have plans for full building evacuation for events other than fires.

HYLINE SAFETY Note: Plans will likely include Photo Luminescent Safety Signs that illustrate Emergency Exit / Egress pathways for every floor in a building.

The Administration will introduce the legislation to the New York City Council for consideration by the Housing and Buildings Committee. The task force report can be found on the Department’s website at www.nyc.gov: (www.nyc.gov/). Legislation will be published upon introduction to the City Council.










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