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:
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.
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.
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.
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.