Disabled refuge areas allow wheelchair-users and people with impaired mobility to await fire & rescue services in relative safety before being assisted in phased emergency evacuations.
Fire-safe communication systems are vital in these refuge locations, which can be a compartment, lobby, corridor or recess in a stairwell. London Fire & Security works to BS 5839 and the Equality Act (formerly DDA) in designing emergency voice communication (EVC) systems for disabled refuge areas.
UK regulations mandate that all new buildings of more than one storey with lift access provide disabled refuge areas. We specify, commission and maintain EVC for clients. Our designs allow disabled staff and visitors to summon help while enabling rescue workers to communicate with each other and reassure those awaiting assistance.