An Area of Refuge (AOR) is a designated location or room within a building that is specifically designed or designated to hold people safely during a crisis or emergency situation. These areas provide a secure place during evacuation procedures. They are especially necessary when circumstances do not allow for safe evacuation of peope within a building.
For example, hospital patients and staff may not be able to utilize the elevators or stairs to exit a building during a fire. In this case, they would need to find the nearest Area of Refuge until firefighters and/or emergency rescue crews arrive to assist them out of the building. These rooms are also necessary for those, such as the elderly or disabled, who require assistance or are unable to use the stairs on their own during an emergency evacuation.
It is vitally important to not only provide an Area of Refuge or Area of Rescue in emergency situations, it is crucial that these areas have proper functioning communication systems to ensure that evacuees are able to communicate with the rescue teams.
These systems include:
- A two-way voice communication system
- A call button for those awaiting rescue in an area of refuge
- An audible and visible signal that clearly indicates an active call button
- A light to notify someone at the central control point that a call for help has been made
As with any emergency procedures, there are specific requirements to ensure optimal safety. Knowing these local codes can save you and your business tens or thousands or dollars in costly fines. The State of Texas requires that all Areas of Refuge are equipped with a two-way communication system with both visible and audible signals. They also require automatic dial-out capabilities that direct connect to 9-1-1 or an approved emergency montioring center.
Teksys has over 10 years of experience working with local municipalities and businesses. Our goal is provide peace of mind by offering a wide variety of security and connectivity solutions to keep you and your people safe. Our team will work with you to determine the best Area of Refuge solutions. We will also ensure that the AOR systems meet your local Building Code requirements.