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Disabled refuges should have the same level of protection as the stairwell and can usually be found on a landing close to but not blocking an emergency exit or stairwell in places such as schools, universities, hotels, shopping centres etc. Each disabled refuge intercom is linked to a central control centre allowing fire wardens to stay in two-way communication with the occupants.
It is essential to have an evacuation plan in place, combined with adequate safety signposting and emergency lighting in case the power goes out. Evacuation Voice Communication Systems (EVS) such as these connect disabled toilet call systems, disabled refuges and fire telephone systems with the central control room for the building, allowing for full coordination between staff and the buildings occupants.

What is an Evacuation Communications System

It is a “System that allows voice communication in either direction between a central control point and a number of other points throughout a building or building complex, particularly in a fire emergency situation.

These consist of:

  • Disabled refuge system (DRS) – (TYPE B outstation)
  • Fire telephone system – (TYPE A outstation)
  • Emergency / steward telephone system – (TYPE A outstation)
  • Roaming telephone system

Nationwide can assist in installation, upgrades and maintenance of such systems. We work directly with some of the leading manufacturers of life safety systems; ensuring our engineers are have all the information they need to keep you compliant and your building’s occupants safe.

We can arrange a fire safety inspection to ensure you have everything in place to enable fast, safe evacuation of everyone in the unfortunate event of a fire or other emergency situation.