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Life Safety Signs
Most building and fire codes require signs inside stairwells to advise building occupants and fire/rescue personnel about vital egress information. The sign states the current floor level, stairwell identification and the direction to and the location of, the egress floor level.
Stairs serving four or more stories shall be provided with signage within the enclosure at each floor landing. The signage shall indicate the floor level, the terminus of the top and bottom of the stair enclosure, and the identification of the stair. The signage shall also state the floor level of, and the direction to, exit discharge. The signage shall be inside the enclosure located approximately 5ft. above the floor landing in a position that is readily visible when the door is in the open or closed position.
Section 5-188.8.131.52 of the 1994 Life Safety Code Handbook, Sixth Edition which is published by National Fire Protection Association, Inc. states:
The above section is a guideline that most municipalities use for their building and fire codes. Some details may vary, so it is advisable to contact your local building inspector for the exact requirements.
Massachusetts' 6th Edition Building Code section 1014.11.5 states:A sign shall be provided at each floor landing in all interior exit stairways connecting more than three stories designating the floor level above and below the level of exit discharge, the identification of the stairway and the availability of roof access from the stairway. The sign shall be located approximately five feet above the floor landing in a position which is readily visible when the doors are in the open and closed position.
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