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Refuge is an area on a floor or area that is specifically designed to protect people from heat, smoke and toxic gases and which provides direct access to an exit.

1. An area of refuge is intended to facilitate a safe delay in egress from the floor or area, thus constituting a space for people to await assistance for their evacuation.
2. Refuges are normally nominated by the relevant certifier.


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