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Here at A1deSIGNS we’re constantly being asked questions about neon – our specialist subject. And some of the most popular queries are around the safety of neon signs.

There’s plenty of misconceptions and myths surrounding neon signs and their safety for business and domestic use – so we’re always happy to clarify things.

We’ve put together a series of factual answers to common questions and queries about the safety of neon signs that we’re frequently asked. We hope you find this useful…

Q. Are neon signs safe?

A. Yes.

Neon signage is incredibly safe to use, providing it is well looked after and treated with respect.

For more than 100 years neon has been a go-to signage and is now more reliable and safe than ever before.

Q. Do neon signs explode?

A. No they do not.

Air pressure is 1013.25 millibars at sea level, a neon tube is manufactured under a vacuum and then filled to a maximum pressure of up to 25 millibars in small diameter tubes and around 5 millibars for larger diameter tubes.

Therefore a neon tube when broken technically implodes and sucks air into the tube, however this is not a spectacular event and does not result in the expulsion of glass everywhere.

Q. Will my neon sign cause a fire?

A. Neon is no more likely to cause a fire than any other electrical item.

We install and manufacture correctly, using parts that meet and are constructed to EU and UK safety regulations. If there is a fault with a neon sign, it should be switched off and repairs carried out as necessary by a qualified technician, as you would with any electrical product before putting back in to use.

This should be done before attempting to use the sign, as more problems may occur if the sign is used when faulty. Neon signs imported from outside the EU can be sub-standard in quality and safety.

Our neon sign safety

A1deSIGNS creates each and every one of its neon signs in-house. Our signs are made from glass tubes and depending on the colour of the sign, a clear, powder coated glass or coloured glass will be used.

The signs are then filled with neon or argon gas, which depends on what the final colour needs to be. Once the signs are complete, they are extremely safe and should have a long lifespan if they are well looked after.


We hope you found this post helpful? Check out more of our neon articles here. And please drop us a line if you’d like to chat about any of the details we’ve covered or to find out more about how our variety of neon solutions can help your business.

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