Area of Refuge Requirements in Washington

Does your Washington Building Meet Local Area of Refuge Requirements?

Area of Refuge Requirements in WashingtonKnowing local area of refuge requirements can save your firm tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Area of refuge requirements in Washington are based on 2015 International Building Code (IBC) regulations. Save for one state amendment, these requirements are similar to national codes. Cornell Communications is the expert on area of refuge requirements in Washington and guarantees your facility will meet all local building codes.

When is an Area of Refuge Required in Washington?

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 Washington 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. Washington does not require accessible means of egress to serve parking areas that do not contain accessible parking spaces.

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Area of Refuge Communication Requirements in Washington

Area of Refuge Comunication SystemThe state of Washington 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 1009.8.1 two-way communication systems at areas of refuge must:

A two-way communication system is not required in areas with ramps, near freight elevators or near service elevators that are not designated as part of the accessible means of egress.

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

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Area of Refuge Signage Requirements in Washington

Area of Refuge SignageWashington building code requires areas of refuge are clearly marked with appropriate signage. IBC 1009.9 states:

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Design an Area of Refuge System for Washington 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 Washington.

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

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