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Area of Refuge Signs

Take a huge first step to safety with Braille or photoluminescent signs. The 2003 International Building Code requires a clearly marked path to every area of refuge. Our signature glow-in-the-dark area of refuge signs are available in glow vinyl with adhesive backing, for every dark environment.
  • • Also available in sturdy, rustproof aluminum materials.
  • Glow-in-the-dark signs absorb light during the day and glow at night or during a blackout.
  • • Easily spot and recognize bold lettering, even in the dark.
  • • Sturdy material withstands harsh weather conditions. Quick and simple installation.
  • • For more information, visit our - Area of Refuge FAQs
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Pick one from our glow sign, fluorescent sign, adhesive floor sign, projecting sign, and more. Customers love these signs due to their quality and quick delivery.
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Area of Refuge Signs – Braille Signs

All signs feature Grade II Braille and raised text. Signs meet building codes and regulations and address those who cannot read regular signs.

Area of Refuge Signs – 8” x 8” Braille Signs

Choose a color from 15 options on the next page. Directional sign helps people navigate through your facility with much ease.

Area of Refuge Signs – Photoluminescent Braille Signs

Clear, to-the-point text makes sure your sign is effective. Symbols on the sign facilitate easy understanding.

Area of Refuge Signs – for the Floor

Choose from standing floor signs and adhesive floor signs. Our signs are low-priced and made of durable materials that last for years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which area of refuge signs will help me comply with the International Building Code?


Our Area of Refuge Signs help you comply with the International Building Code 1009.9. Since the requirements are different for each building type and every area, consult with your local and state codes.

Following are the general signage requirements set forth by the IBC:

  1. 1. Each door providing access to an area of refuge from an adjacent floor area shall be identified by a sign stating: AREA OF REFUGE.
  1. 2. Each door providing access to an exterior area for assisted rescue shall be identified by a sign stating: EXTERIOR AREA FOR ASSISTED RESCUE.

Our photoluminescent signs also comply with the area of refuge requirements for illuminated signs as mentioned under section 1013.4 of the IBC code. 

Additionally, our TactileTouch Braille signs comply with ICC A117.1 requirements Braille and accessibility symbols. 

Q. What is the difference between the illuminated and photoluminescent area of refuge signs?


There are two types of illuminated signs -

Externally Illuminated Signs 

An externally illuminated Area of Refuge sign requires a source of illumination outside of the sign itself. The source of light can be LED, incandescent, or compact fluorescent light bulbs. 

Internally Illuminated Signs

Internally illuminated Area of Refuge Signs require no external light to shine on the sign to be visible. They rely on the building’s power source during regular operation, and the battery will power the light bulbs if the power fails.

On the other hand,Photoluminescent Area of Refuge Signs absorb the ambient light from the building’s normal lighting system and illuminate on their own in the event of a power failure. Photoluminescent signs are also known as glow-in-the-dark signs.

Q. Which type of Braille is used on your Area of Refuge Signs?


We use Grade II Braille. Grade 2 is not a “letter for letter” translation of the text; it contains 265 contractions, single characters used to represent whole words or groups of letters. Braille dot cells are 0.10 inches apart, measured from the center. Braille used on our signs complies with California Braille specifications which are also valid nationwide.

Q. Are photoluminescent Area Of Refuge Signs accepted by building inspectors?


Yes. It is mentioned in IBC Code 1009.9, Signage, “Where exit sign illumination is required by IBC Section 1013.3, the Area of Refuge signs shall be illuminated.

Photoluminescent signs are accepted illuminated signs under this code and shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 924. 

Q. What are Area of Refuge Floor Signs made of?


Area of Refuge Floor signs are available in the following types: known as 

SlipSafe™ Floor Signs: They are made of 18 mil thick, anti-skid vinyl with enclosed grit top surface and a permanent adhesive at the back. The adhesive is strong enough to stick to smooth floors and even low-ply commercial carpets.

SlipSafe™ Reflective Floor Signs: These have an Engineer Grade 3M reflective film which can be spotted in low light conditions with a flashlight.

FloorBoss Signs: are made of lightweight polypropylene with reinforced ribbing for extra strength. The sign has an easy-grip handle on the top. Two thick plastic message panels come with the stand. These folding floor sign panels fit into each side. Panels can be permanently locked into place (with included rivets) or can be swapped out modularly.

Q. Do you offer free shipping? What are your shipping charges and time of delivery?

Yes, we offer free shipping on orders above $49.95. Stock signs are shipped the same day. So if you place your order on a Monday, expect it to be at your doorstep on Wednesday. We have a Shipping Cost Estimator on the cart page, which will show you the estimated shipping charges once you enter your zip code. We offer free UPS/Expedited 2nd day delivery on all qualified orders above $100.

Customer Reviews

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Jun 14, 2021

Accessible Rescue TactileTouch™... : Area Of Rescue Assistance (With...
Part #:SE-6285 9" x 6" TactileTouch™ Signs with Braille   Verified Purchase

Happy customer

Good signs priced right.
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Aug 28, 2019

Emergency Shelter TactileTouch™... : Area Of Rescue Assistance (With...
Part #:SE-6300 9" x 6" TactileTouch™ Signs with Braille   Verified Purchase


Now HUD won't gripe
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Jul 14, 2017

9" x 6" TactileTouch™ Sign with... : Area Of Refuge (White on Red)
Part #:SB-0341 9" x 6" TactileTouch™ Signs with Braille   Verified Purchase


Nicely made