UFC 3 -520-01
June 10, 2002
F-14.3.4 Tactile Signage.
F-18.104.22.168 Exits. Tactile signs are required at each door to a stair enclosure and at
each exit, including horizontal exits, in accordance with NFPA 101, Section 5 -10, and
(where applicable) in contrasting colors. The sign content must be in Braille. Locate
tactile signs on the latch side of the door, centered at 1524 millimeters (60 inches)
above the finished floor.
F-22.214.171.124 Areas of Refuge. Tactile signs displaying "AREA OF REFUGE" and the
international pictograph for accessibility are also required to identify areas of refuge and
accessible areas of refuge in accordance with ICC/ANSI A117.1.
F-126.96.36.199 Stair Enclosures. Use tactile signs to identify:
Terminuses at the top and bottom of the stair enclosure.
Floor level of and direction to the exit discharge, including other identifying
information (such as "East" or "West").
Testing of Emergency Lighting Equipment.
F-14.4.1 NFPA 101, Section 31-1, requires that emergency lighting equipment be tested
periodically. A functional test is required at 30-day intervals for a minimum of 30
seconds. Perform an annual test for the 1.5 hour duration. Ensure equipment is fully
operational for the duration of the test.
F-14.4.2 Because of the periodic testing requirements, accessibili ty of equipment is an
important design consideration. Ensure that emergency lighting equipment is installed
in conspicuous and accessible locations to facilitate the periodic testing requirements.
F-14.4.3 If the installation location does not facilitate accessibility for periodic testing,
self-testing/self-diagnostic should be installed. NFPA 101 exempts the 30-day
functional test from manual testing by the following exemption: Exception: Self-
testing/self-diagnostic, battery-operated emergency lighting equipment that
automatically performs a minimum 30-second test and diagnostic routine at least once
every 30 days and indicates failures by a status indicator can be exempt from the 30 -
day functional test, provided a visual inspection is performed at 30-day intervals.
Emergency lighting equipment is also available in which both the functional and annual
tests can be initiated remotely by the user, and should also be considered for any
location in which accessibility is a concern.