Area of Refuge

Transitioning Emergency Phones to Cellular Connectivity is a breeze with Bongo Technologies.

Area of Refuge Phones with Cellular

Keep your emergency phones. Get rid of the landline.

Telecoms are encouraging customers to switch to cellular by discontinuing or reducing maintenance on their POTS infrastructure. In the United States the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. has made decisions that give carriers more leeway to retire copper networks in favor of fiber or wireless alternatives.

For businesses and consumers, this means it might be prudent to consider and plan for alternative communication solutions if they’re still relying on POTS.

Area of Refuge emergency communications cellular transition.

POTS Line Replacement

My telecom provider is discontinuing our landline.  Now what?

You can only do a little to keep your landline when companies decide to retire their copper line infrastructure. Lucky for you, Voice Link provides you with a better replacement solution. You will be able to keep your current equipment, increase reliability and safety, and save on your monthly phone bill. Voice Link is a cost-effective cellular solution for all emergency areas of refuge lines. Keep your emergency phones. Get rid of the landline.

Operational Rescue Phone

The Importance of Keeping your Rescue Phone Operational in an Area of Refuge.

In the United States, Areas of Refuge are spaces where individuals who cannot use stairways during an emergency, such as people with disabilities, can safely wait for assistance and evacuation. Emergency phones in these areas play a critical role, and there are several reasons why they are required:

  • Life Safety Code and Building Regulations: The concept of the Area of Refuge originates from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other building codes and standards, like the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code (NFPA 101). These regulations mandate the establishment of AoR in certain types of buildings, ensuring that individuals with disabilities have a safe place during emergencies. Having a communication system in these areas is essential to signal for help.
  • Immediate Communication: Emergency phones provide direct and immediate communication with first responders or building security. In an emergency, swift communication can be lifesaving.
  • Visibility and Accountability: Knowing someone is waiting in an Area of Rescue can help first responders prioritize their efforts. The phones ensure that individuals in these areas aren’t overlooked during a chaotic evacuation.
  • Reassurance to Occupants: An emergency phone offers reassurance to individuals in an Area of Rescue that they have a direct line of assistance. This can reduce panic and anxiety during emergencies.
  • Addressing Varied Mobility Needs: Not all building occupants can use regular evacuation routes, especially those with mobility challenges. AoRs equipped with emergency phones address the diverse needs of all building occupants, ensuring everyone has access to safety and communication tools during emergencies.
  • Reliability: In many cases, these emergency phone systems are designed to function even when primary power sources fail, ensuring they remain operational when needed.

The requirement for emergency phones in Areas of Refuge underscores the importance of inclusive emergency planning, ensuring that all building occupants, regardless of physical ability, have a means of seeking assistance and communicating during crises.

Cellular conversion for Area of Refuge and Rescue Phones.
Voice Link emergency cellular telephone

Go Cellular with Bongo Technologies

Convert your emergency area of refuge lines with Voice Link

Bongo’s Voice Link offers a more reliable cellular life safety option that provides around-the-clock monitoring by a certified trained professional for your piece of mind.