How long should emergency power last?

 It is dependent on the building and how the emergency power is supplied.  Many newer buildings have emergency generators which will give continuous uninterrupted lighting in stairwells, hallways and other buildings will have battery-operated systems which provide lighting for a defined time period.  Under the Building Code, emergency power must last long enough for occupants to safely leave the building. (one hour)

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1. How high do the fire department ladders reach?
2. How long should emergency power last?
3. Why can’t I use the elevators during a fire alarm?
4. How often does the fire alarm system in the building get tested?
5. Is the fire alarm system connected directly to the fire stations?
6. "I saw pictures of that terrible fire in another community."
7. What are the usual causes of fire in a high-rise?
8. Why is the exit to the roof allowed to be locked?
9. If I am not physically capable of using the stairs, what should I do?
10. Why can’t the doors to the stairwells be left open for better ventilation?
11. Do you still have rescue window stickers to indicate a child’s bedroom?
12. How do I dispose of hazardous materials such as old paint cans, flammable liquids, etc?
13. How close should my drapes come to an electric baseboard heater?