BUILDING STAIRWELLS FAQS

Building Stairwells

Many municipalities are adopting new ordinances requiring emergency communication systems in building stairwells. Stairwell doors are often locked from the stairwell side, so people can become trapped by smoke when evacuating a building and need to be able to exit the stairwell to try another one or to reach an area of refuge.

You need to check your local codes, but generally they are required on every 4th or 5th floor above grade in each stairwell.

Yes, if your stairwell emergency phones were installed after July 1994, they must meet ADA requirements.

Generally, your local fire codes cover stairwell emergency phones but they are also addressed in the International Building Code.

No, our line seizure technology allows multiple emergency area of refuge phones to seize an existing phone line rather than requiring a dedicated line.

Many states require that you have an emergency phone in close proximity to the pool. Whether your state requires it or not, having an emergency phone by your pool can help to avoid a tragedy and can reduce your liability.

We offer several models and can assist you in selection of the model that best fits your needs.