Area of Refuge Requirements in Pennsylvania

Does your Pennsylvania Building Meet Local Area of Refuge Requirements?

Area of Refuge Requirements in PennsylvaniaKnowing local area of refuge requirements can save your firm tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The state of Pennsylvania has its own building code. While Pennsylvania's current building code is largely based on the 2009 International Building Code (IBC), there are some differences. Be sure to check local codes before building in Pennsylvania. Cornell Communications is the expert on area of refuge requirements in Pennsylvania, and guarantees your facility will meet all local building codes.

When is an Area of Refuge Required in Pennsylvania?

According to IBC Section 1007, accessible means of egress require an area of refuge. Areas of refuge are required in all multi-story:

The state of Pennsylvania does not require areas of refuge in buildings with automatic sprinkler systems throughout, at stairways serving open parking garages or smoke protected seating areas in compliance with Section 1028.6.2.

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Area of Refuge Communication Requirements in Pennsylvania

Area of Refuge Comunication SystemThe state of Pennsylvania requires all areas of refuge that are one or more stories above or below the level of exit discharge are equipped with a two-way communication system like Cornell’s 4800 Series Area of Rescue Assistance system (IBC 1009.6.5). According to IBC 1007.8.1 and 1007.8.2 two-way communication systems at areas of refuge must:

A two-way communication system is not required in areas with ramps, and areas where a two-way communication system is provided within areas of refuge.

Cornell’s 4800 Series Area of Refuge assistance system meets all of Pennsylvania’s building code requirements.

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Area of Refuge Signage Requirements in Pennsylvania

Area of Refuge SignagePennsylvania building code requires areas of refuge are clearly marked with appropriate signage. IBC 1011.1 states:

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Design an Area of Refuge System for Pennsylvania Buildings

Still have questions? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Cornell Communications is an industry leader in area of rescue systems, nurse call systems and more. Get a quote on a 4800 series area of rescue system or contact a Cornell representative for more information on area of refuge requirements in Pennsylvania.

Contact Cornell Communications for more information on area of refuge systems in Pennsylvania.

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