If you live in a Georgia apartment complex or you rent a place to stay while traveling or visiting someone, your safety should always be a primary concern of the property owner. In commercial buildings, such as apartment complexes, exit and emergency lighting are of the utmost importance. Current data shows that U.S. business owners often experience major power outages at least once per month.
When you are visiting a property that is open to the public or are an invited guest of a property owner, it’s not your responsibility to make sure the premises are properly lit at night or marked with emergency exits. That is the responsibility of the property owner. If you suffer injury because of insufficient lighting or lack of emergency exit lighting, the property owner’s negligence might be a causal factor.
Property owners can take steps to ensure lighting safety
The following list shows three easy steps that property owners can take on a regular basis to make sure exit signs and emergency lighting units are properly functioning at all times:
- Conduct inspections to check for loose wiring and to make sure lighting fixtures are securely mounted to ceilings or walls.
- Perform function inspections to test every emergency light and exit sign in a building to ensure that it’s working properly.
- Maintain written documentations regarding inspections of all lighting units, including dates and times that each unit was inspected.
There are building and safety codes in place to which Georgia property owners must adhere. If you are planning on renting an apartment, it’s a good idea to discuss lighting safety with the property owner or manager.
If you suffer personal injury because of insufficient lighting
Walking through a parking garage or parking lot alone can be unnerving, especially at night. You have a right to reasonably expect that a property owner has made sure that all walkways, paths, stairwells and common areas of a building are well-lit for public safety. If a light unit or emergency exit sign isn’t working properly, it places you at risk for injury.
For instance, if a stairwell is dark, you might stumble and fall down the stairs. Such locations are also often prime targets for criminals who lurk in darkened areas to commit a theft or assault when someone walks by. A property owner can’t control another person’s actions but is responsible for making sure the common areas of a building are well-lit in adherence to property safety codes.