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Cintas Promotes Exit and Emergency Light Maintenance Ahead of Summer Storm Season


June is the most common month for severe weather power outages,
followed by August and July

The lights go out for an average of 15 million power customers each year,2
and a recent Harris Poll found that more than a third (34 percent) of
U.S. adults would not feel very confident in their ability to navigate a
building safely following a power loss. Back-up exit and emergency
lighting is designed to function automatically when power is lost, and Cintas
(NASDAQ:CTAS) reminds organizations of the importance
of maintaining these often overlooked safety devices.

"Power outages occur more often in the U.S. than any other developed
nation in the world3," said Taylor Brummel, Marketing
Manager, Cintas Fire Protection. "The number of harsh storms is also on
the rise, averaging between 70 and 130 per year4. When
outages occur, having properly maintained emergency lighting helps
ensure building occupant safety."

With the summer storm season upon us, property owners and facility
managers should consider the following preventative maintenance:

  1. Visually inspect equipment regularly
    Look for loose or exposed wiring and make sure it is secure. Ensure
    that units are mounted to the wall or ceiling securely.
  2. Conduct regular inspections – Depending
    on the jurisdiction, emergency and exit lighting must undergo a
    functional test every month. These tests are designed to check for
    physical damage to the exterior of the lights and to help verify that
    the lights are functional at the time of the test.
  3. Conduct a full functional test
    Depending on the jurisdiction, organizations may be required to ensure
    lights function under battery power for an extended period. Follow
    required testing procedures and check to ensure all lights remain lit
    under DC power. Repair or replace units that don't function correctly
    for the duration of the test.
  4. Maintain diligent records of inspection
    Written records of inspection tests should be kept by the building
    owner for review by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Any
    lights that were not able to be tested should also be documented by
    location, including the reason a test could not be completed.

It is important to note that inspection and testing requirements for
emergency lights may vary by jurisdiction. Accordingly, organizations
should contact their local AHJ to confirm they are satisfying all
applicable requirements.

To learn more about emergency lighting, download the Cintas Fire
Protection white paper, "Emergency Lights: An Often Overlooked but
Critical Component to a Building's Life Safety System," here:

For more information about Cintas Fire Protection, visit





About Cintas Corporation:

Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types
and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with confidence every
day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our
customers' image and help keep their facilities and employees clean,
safe and looking their best. With products and services including
uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products,
fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training,
Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered
in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq
Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both
the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.

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