GBC Safety Glow’s 2018 Product Catalogs are hot off the press! Including many new industry leading products, we are ready to serve your every photo-luminescent and UV-reactive needs. Click on the catalog to view and download it. Check out all of the exciting new products that GBC Safety Glow has to offer. If you have any questions or inquiries, send us a message or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you. Stay tuned for more products to come!
GBC Safety Glow is excited to announce their release of ADA Compliant Signage. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires mandatory accessibility signage to be present in all public buildings including office spaces, hospitals, apartments, stores, malls, and more. This signage must be conveniently located and easily identifiable. It must be easy to read both visually and through tactile touch. It is a requirement that signage has raised tactile lettering with Grade 2 Braille readability.
GBC will work with you to create ADA compliant signage for any building to make sure you get the look you want. ADA signage doesn’t have to look generic – GBC offers decorative options to match your building’s design and environment. Contact us today about custom ADA Signage options in a wide variety of substrates, colors, text and more.
Contact GBC Safety Glow today for more information on ADA Compliant building signage and what we can offer you!
GBC Safety Glow recently completed an installation of their photo-luminescent emergency egress systems in the Village Center Station ll located in Greenwood Village, CO. This included safety stair treads, handrail markers, perimeter demarcation lines, stair I.D. signs, and other system elements required by IFC/IBC building code.
A big thanks to Aldolfson & Peterson Construction for partnering with us on this project. We look forward to more projects to come! Click Here to learn more about Aldolfson & Peterson Construction.
September 11, 2001 changed the world forever and GBC Safety Glow would like to take a moment to remember those that lost their lives trying to evacuate the towers. This tragedy pains GBC as our business runs on providing safe and successful building evacuation methods. Per the IBC & IFC building & fire codes, any high rise building over 75ft is required to implement a low location photo-luminescent emergency egress system (except for apartment buildings). Since 9/11, GBC Safety Glow is working even harder in educating building owners about the benefit of GBC Safety Glow Photo-Luminescent Emergency Egress Systems. We are installing our system into every high rise building that we can. Safety is our top priority and we want to see every building offer our emergency evacuation system. Our systems glow in the dark and allow for an illuminated path to nearby exits and obstacles. Our products save lives in fires, power outages, and other disaster situations. Thousands of people die each year due to unsuccessful evacuation from buildings for one reason or another. Let’s work together to decrease that number and increase safety.
All of our products are made in the USA. Thank you to those who serve this great country and risked their lives to save others as we remember those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
GBC Safety Glow recently produced Emergency Egress Components for U.S. Airways in Tempe, Arizona. Products included Photo-Luminescent Stair Treads and Hand Rail Markers for building stair wells. In an emergency evacuation, components will illuminate a clear, safe passage through the building to the nearest exit. Installed products comply with updated International Business Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) and are also UL Listed for emergency egress.
Thank you to the general contractors at Gilbane Construction for choosing GBC Safety Glow for your emergency evacuation needs and to the skilled installers at K&R Holdings for doing another wonderful job installing our products.
GBC Safety Glow’s 2017 Product Catalogs are hot off the press! Including many new industry leading products, we are ready to serve your every photo-luminescent and UV-reactive needs. Click on the catalog to view and download it. Check out all of the exciting new products that GBC Safety Glow has to offer. If you have any questions or inquiries, contact us today! We’d love to hear from you. Stay tuned for more products to come!
GBC Safety Glow is the largest manufacturer of Photo-Luminescent Glow in the Dark Coatings in the U.S. Photo-Luminescent Coatings (Glow Paint) are not UL 1994 compliant and will not meet Emergency Egress System standards. That being said, glow coatings have come a long way over the last 5 years through technology, and the uses for glow coatings are virtually endless. Glow Paint can be used anywhere that does not specifically require code compliant glow products be used instead. If you are unsure if your building meets certain code requirements, contact us!
Glow paint can be applied onto the clean surface of a diverse amount of substrates including metal, wood, engineering polymer, composite, brick, and concrete. It starts curing in as little as 10 minutes! Click here to view additional product information.
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IBC and IFC 2009, 2012, and 2015 have introduced new egress system component requirements. Only quality rigid components meet the high safety evaluation standards set out in UL 1994 for photo-luminescent egress system components.
Tape for emergency egress is non-compliant with IBC/IFC 2009, 2012, and 2015 standards and is not code compliant with UL 1994 listings, however, many companies still utilize the old method of tape. This is unsafe! Tapes do not have the capacity to glow as bright or as long as the required rigid or semi-rigid components. After a little bit of wear, tape will get slippery, dirty, and start to peel off, unstick, and tear. Tape needs to be reapplied often and is not durable or made for long wear.
GBC has the code compliant answer for your emergency egress system needs.
Instead of tape, use GBC Safety Glow’s Bull Nose Stair Treads. Constructed of extruded aluminum, the treads were built with durability and longevity in mind. Treads utilize proprietary polymer fusion technology and proprietary anti-skid black substrate with embedded aggregate that allows for heavy traffic and extended longevity. These treads hold up in ice, rain, or snow in any lighting conditions. Bull Nose Stair Treads have a wrap around edge that is ideal for use over carpet or for covering up rough edges to help the appearance of step damage. Stair tread is available in aluminum, bronze, black, and gold finish.
Photo-luminescent (PL Egress) systems should be UL listed in accordance with national codes IBC/IFC 2009, 2012, and 2015. The minimum requirements of the performance characteristics for the glow are as follows:
1006.4 Performance of System
Emergency lighting facilities shall be arranged to provide initial illumination that is at least an average of 1 foot-candle (11 lux) and a minimum at any point of 0.1 foot-candle (1 lux), measured along the path of egress at floor level. Illumination levels shall be permitted to decline to 0.6 foot-candle (6 lux), average and a minimum at any point of 0.06 foot-candle (0.6 lux) at the end of the emergency lighting time duration. A maximum-to-minimum illumination uniformity ratio of 40 to 1 shall not be exceeded.
There are many other requirements of the performance relating to ADA and NFPA 101. The specifications set out by UL 1994 are the testing requirements for all of the components which make up the emergency egress system. PL Egress is quickly becoming the standard for Emergency egress in stairwells of high rise public facilities all over the world! The U.S standard for PL Egress systems is one of the best in the world and other countries are quickly following suit. GBC Safety Glow has long been at the forefront of PL Egress technology. The dedicated team of Safety Glow professionals have the desire to put people first! “People Helping People” is our approach to public safety.
Per the IBC and IFC, any high rise building over 75ft is required to implement a low location photo-luminescent emergency egress system except for apartment buildings. Between 2005 and 2009, an estimated 15,700 reported high-rise structure fires per year resulted in associated losses of 53 civilian deaths, 546 civilian injuries, and $235 million in direct property damage per year. An estimated 2.6% of all 2005-2009 reported structure fires were in high-rise buildings. According to reports, 4 property classes account for roughly half of high-rise fires: apartments, hotels, offices, and facilities that care for the sick. In these four property classes combined, there were 7,800 reported high-rise structure fires per year and associated losses of 30 civilian deaths, 352 civilian injuries, and $99 million in direct property damage per year.
The fraction of 2005-2009 high-rise fires that began on the 7th floor or higher was 32% for apartments, 22% for hotels, 39% for office buildings, and 21% for facilities that care for the sick. Most high-rise building fires begin on floors no higher than the 6th story. The risk of a fire starting on a lower level is great for all instances except offices where it is reports more fires start on the upper levels. The requirements of Photo-Luminescent Life safety evacuation systems do not apply to high rise apartment complex or R-2 facilities, yet an average of 12% more fires occur in apartment buildings than any other class of facility.
GBC Safety Glow wants to keep everyone safe by adding simple emergency egress components in every building. Your safety in a high rise apartment is just as important as those in a high rise office building. Isn’t it? Voice this concern to your local fire department. Stand up for safety in the place you live and be proactive to help make a change and save lives! Contact Us today to learn more!