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Refuge system part of fire alarm contract / Fire contract updates
January 25, 2018
Refuge system part of fire alarm contract
    I know that you recently added a provision in the Fire All in One Agreement for a Refuge System.  You questioned whether the Refuge system should be a separate contract or could be added to the fire alarm contract.  It appears that you have come up with the correct answer, adding the provision to the Fire Alarm Agreement, because, at least in NYC, the Refuge system is connected to the fire alarm system.  The same plans that are approved for the fire alarm will no doubt include the refuge system, so they can go in one contract.
    Here an excerpt from the NYC Building Code:
907.2.13.3 Two-Way Communication System. A two-way voice communication system (warden) phone 
that complies with the requirements of NFPA 72 shall be provided in the following locations and shall comply 
with the following requirements. Such phones shall communicate with the fire command center.
   1. In Group B high-rise and large area office buildings, there shall be a minimum of two phones located on every floor accessible to all occupants, with each phone located within 5 feet (1524 mm)‡ of a different exit stair.
   2. Where elevator lobbies are permitted to be locked, the phones provided are permitted to be connected to the fire alarm system.
   3. If phones are provided in areas of rescue assistance and refuge areas, the phones are permitted to be connected to the fire alarm system.
   4. Where phones are provided to meet the requirements for stairway communication systems in Section 403.5.3.1, the phones are permitted to be connected to the fire alarm system.
   Exception: Group R-2 occupancies

    The Commercial Fire All in One has in fact undergone many changes and updates in the last year.  Not only did we add the Area of Refuge System provision but also In-Building Wireless Communications Systems for Emergency Responders, Signal Boosters and Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDA).  These systems are optional, but when selected in the contract, included in the installation and services.  The specifications for the systems will be found in the plans approved by the Building Department or AHJ.  
    These two provisions are definitely not the only reason to update your Commercial Fire All in One Contract.  Other changes have been made and you should update your contracts.  order here:


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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
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