In buildings that are fully protected by an approved, supervised sprinkler system, provisions of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, permit a floor to serve as an area of refuge, even if it does not have special fire-rated or smoke-resistant barriers. The area may become smoky and potentially frightening to someone who remains behind when most others have evacuated, but the area should not be endangering.
NFPA 101 also requires the area of refuge in a sprinklered building to have a two-way communication system between each elevator landing and the fire command center or a central control point approved by the authority having jurisdiction, an additional feature not required by the other accessibility documents.
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