The new issue of NFPA Journal discusses accessibility issues

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 15, 2015

It is comforting to know that new, code-compliant buildings offer occupants, regardless of their mobility issues, safe egress systems, says Ron Coté, principal life safety engineer at NFPA.

In buildings that are fully protected by an approved, supervised sprinkler system, provisions of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, permit a floor to serve as an area of refuge, even if it does not have special fire-rated or smoke-resistant barriers. The area may become smoky and potentially frightening to someone who remains behind when most others have evacuated, but the area should not be endangering.

NFPA 101 also requires the area of refuge in a sprinklered building to have a two-way communication system between each elevator landing and the fire command center or a central control point approved by the authority having jurisdiction, an additional feature not required by the other accessibility documents.

For more information on accessibility provisions in NFPA 101, read Ron’s column “And Egress for All” in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

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