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New Fire Code: 3 RCNY 505
Apartment and Guest Room Identification & Directional Signs

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The New York City Fire Department adopted a new safety code requiring specific signage and markings for dwelling units such as apartments and guest rooms in R-1 & R-2 Occupancy Groups, which include; Apartment houses, Condominiums, Boarding Houses, Dormitories, Hotels & Motels.

The placement of these signs and markings serve to aid emergency response personnel in locating dwelling units when responding to fire and other emergencies.


One Floor Unit Door Identification

All units are required to have a sign identifying the unit number and or letter, at the door jamb on the hinged side of the door. These markings shall be displayed vertically, arranged sequentially from top to bottom at a maximum height of 12 inches above the floor. The markings must be made of photoluminescent or retroreflective materials. All Buildings Must Comply by March 30, 2018. Buildings that are protected by a sprinkler system, do not need to comply.

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Multi Floor Unit Door Identification

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All multi-floor units such as duplexes & triplexes are required to have a sign identifying the unit number and or letter, at the door jamb on the hinged side of the door. All doors of any multi-floor unit that accesses a public corridor must be marked. These markings shall be displayed vertically, arranged sequentially from top to bottom at a maximum height of 12 inches above the floor. The markings must be made of photoluminescent or retroreflective materials. There are no exceptions for multi-floor units. All Building Must Comply by March 30, 2017.


Stairwell Identification

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These markings require buildings to be in compliance by March 30, 2018. Each stairwell door in the public corridor shall be marked with the word "EXIT" and the stairwell designation letter, at the door jamb on the hinged side of the door. These markings shall be displayed vertically, arranged sequentially from top to bottom at a maximum height of 12 inches above the floor. The markings must be made of photoluminescent or retroreflective materials. Buildings that are protected by a sprinkler system or have a photoluminescent egress path marking system, do not need to comply.

See above for the relevant code. Call Total Fire Protection today to schedule a complimentary survey of your premises. We can help you comply with Code 3 RCNY 505 today.