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FLORIDA FIRE SIGN LAW & FIRE CODES - The Aldridge-Benge Firefighter Safety Act of 2008

The Aldridge-Benge Firefighter Safety Act of 2008 became law on December 13, 2009 after unanimously passing the Florida House and Senate in 2008. The new law is named in honor of two Orange County, Florida Firefighters, Todd Aldridge and Mark Benge, who died in 1989 after the roof of a gift shop collapsed; the bill is called the Aldridge-Benge Firefighter Safety Act. The Aldridge-Benge Firefighter Safety Act will require owners of any commercial, industrial, or any multi-unit residential structures, to make these buildings in a manner that identifies them as light-frame truss-type construction. A sign or symbol will alert firefighters of the construction material and allow them to modify their tactics for fighting fires in buildings.


• The approved symbol shall be placed within 24 inches to the left of the main entry door.
• The distance above the grade, walking surface or the finished floor to the bottom of the symbol shall not be less than 4 feet (48 inches).
• The distance above the grade, walking surface or the finished floor to the top of the symbol shall not be more than 6 feet (72 inches).
• The Maltese Cross sign shall be of a red reflective material and measure 8” tall x 8” wide.


F.S.S. 633.027 Buildings with light-frame truss-type construction; notice requirements; enforcement.
(1) The owner of any commercial or industrial structure, or any multiunit residential structure of three units or more, that uses light-frame truss-type construction shall mark the structure with a sign or symbol approved by the State Fire Marshal in a manner sufficient to warn persons conducting fire control and other emergency operations of the existence of light-frame truss-type construction in the structure.
(2) The State Fire Marshal shall adopt rules necessary to implement the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to:
(a) The dimensions and color of such sign or symbol.
(b) The time within which commercial, industrial, and multiunit residential structures that use light-frame truss-type construction shall be marked as required by this section.
(c) The location on each commercial, industrial, and multiunit residential structure that uses light-frame truss-type construction where such sign or symbol must be posted.
(3) The State Fire Marshal, and local fire officials in accordance with s.633.121, shall enforce the provisions of this section. Any owner who fails to comply with the requirements of this section is subject to penalties as provided in s.633.161.

 

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