Area of Refuge Requirements in South Carolina

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Does your South Carolina Building Meet Local Area of Refuge Requirements?

Area of Refuge Requirements in South CarolinaKnowing local area of refuge requirements can save your firm tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The state of South Carolina allows optional codes for local adoption in addition to its own building code. While South Carolina's current building code is largely based on the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), there are some differences. Be sure to check local codes before building in South Carolina. Cornell Communications is the expert on area of refuge requirements in South Carolina and guarantees your facility will meet all local building codes.

When is an Area of Refuge Required in South Carolina?

According to IBC Section 1007.2, accessible means of egress require an area of refuge. Areas of refuge are required in all multi-story:

The state of South Carolina 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 South Carolina

Area of Refuge Comunication SystemThe state of South Carolina 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 Refuge 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, 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 South Carolina’s building code requirements.

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Area of Refuge Signage Requirements in South Carolina

Area of Refuge SignageSouth Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina.

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