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December 1, 2009

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Consultation- emergency evacuation systems

The code of practice governing the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of emergency voice communications is currently being fully revised and stakeholders are invited to comment.

Draft BS 5839-9:2010, which covers systems with components linked by wires, radio, or a combination of both, is available online via the British Standards Draft Review system (DRS) at It is not necessary to purchase a copy of the draft in order to review or comment on it, and registration to the DRS is free.

The draft includes recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of emergency voice-communication systems in and around buildings and at sports, entertainment, and similar venues. It does not, however, recommend whether such a system should be installed in a particular premises.

The code primarily relates to the use of emergency voice communication in assisting both firefighters and those responsible for evacuating buildings or stadiums in fire emergency situations. It also addresses the evacuation of disabled people in such situations, but not in detail.

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