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A little bit of information about trusses 


When a truss falls, a fire emergency can turn into a fatal tragedy. Trusses are the most dangerous part of your building in a high-heat fire, and it is critical to follow vital emergency protocol in your state by posting Truss compliance signs, in a highly visible area, as specified by Florida Law. The Florida lightweight truss roof and/or floor signs can serve as a life-saving warning for firefighters and others of light truss construction that can potentially fall or collapse during a fire.

The Bill that took effect December 19, 2009 is referred to as The Aldridge/Benge Firefighter Safety Act (ABFSA)

This Bill was created to save Firefighters' lives and was signed into law by Governor Charlie Crist on June 17, 2008 which became effective on December 13, 2009.

Named in honor of two Orange County 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 structure, to mark these buildings in a manner that identifies them as light-frame truss-type construction. The approved signs and symbols are designed to alert firefighters of the construction material and allow them to modify their strategy and tactics for fighting fires in buildings with light truss roofs and/or floors.
A copy of the act is available here and the rule here.

State of Florida Statute 633.027

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 has adopted rule 69A-3.012 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.

State of Florida Fire Marshal Rule 69A-3.012

Standards of the National Fire Protection Association and Other Standards Adopted. (1) Except as specifically modified by statute or by the State Fire Marshal’s rules, the Florida specific edition of NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code®, 2006 edition and the Florida specific edition of NFPA 1, the Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition, as adopted within Rule Chapter 69A-60, F.A.C., entitled the “2007 edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code,”

  • Notice required for structures with light-frame truss-type construction. Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to require the placement of an identifying symbol on structures constructed with a light-frame truss component 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. (a) Definitions. 1. “Light-frame truss-type construction” means a type of construction whose primary structural elements are formed by a system of repetitive wood or light gauge steel framing members.
  • 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.

SEE e-Designs signs meet the reflectivity requirements of the Act and we use long lasting exterior reflective vinyl film and process reflective paint for the Firefighter’s Maltese Cross and the R or F or RF lettering. Signs have 3/16” pre-drilled holes in each corner and with proper installation will meet Florida wind code requirements.

To our firefighters, who risk it all to keep us safe!

 

 

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