2006 New York Code - Fire Safety In Office Buildings.



 
    §  27-4267  Fire safety in office buildings. The owner or other person
  having charge of a building classified in section 27-253 of the code  as
  occupancy  group  E, occupied or arranged to be occupied for an occupant
  load of more than one hundred persons above or below the street level or
  more than a total of five hundred persons in the entire building and any
  existing office building with an occupant load as hereinabove  provided,
  shall  comply  with the following: a. Fire safety plan. 1. A fire safety
  plan for fire drill and evacuation procedures  in  accordance  with  the
  requirements  of  the  commissioner  shall  be  submitted  to  the  fire
  department and the approval of the commissioner shall be  obtained.  The
  applicable  parts  of  the  fire safety plan shall be distributed to the
  tenants of the building and  to  the  building  service  employees.  The
  tenants shall distribute to their employees applicable parts of the fire
  safety  plan.  All  occupants  of  the  building  shall  participate and
  cooperate in carrying out the provisions of the fire safety plan.  Where
  the  owner  of  the building is an occupant, he or she shall comply with
  those provisions of this section applicable to tenants.
    2. Fire safety director, deputy fire  safety  director,  and  building
  evacuation supervisor:
    (a)  One  employee shall be designated as fire safety director and one
  or more employees as deputy fire safety director. Such  employees  shall
  each  have a certificate of fitness, in accordance with the requirements
  of the commissioner, qualifying him  or  her  to  conduct  fire  drills,
  evacuations  and  related  activities  such  as organizing, training and
  supervising a fire brigade, and designating and  training  fire  wardens
  and  deputy fire wardens. In the absence of a fire director, when a fire
  safety director is required to be on duty in the building,  such  deputy
  fire safety director shall act as fire safety director.
    (b)  During  normal  working  or  business hours, when the building is
  occupied by more than one hundred persons  above  or  below  the  street
  level  or  more  than  a  total  of  five  hundred persons in the entire
  building, there shall be at least one person on duty in the building  as
  fire  safety  director  with the required certificate of fitness. During
  fire emergencies, the primary responsibility of the fire safety director
  shall be the supervision and manning of a fire command station  and  the
  direction and execution of the evacuation as provided in the fire safety
  plan. Such activities shall be subject to fire department control.
    (c)  At  all other times when there are occupants in the building, and
  there is no fire safety director on duty in the building, there shall be
  at least one employee on duty in the  building  designated  as  building
  evacuation supervisor.
    Such  employee  shall  be  capable  of directing the evacuation of the
  occupants  as  provided  for  in  the  fire  safety  plan.  During  fire
  emergencies,  the  primary  responsibility  of  the  building evacuation
  supervisor shall be the manning  of  a  fire  command  station  and  the
  direction and execution of the evacuation as provided in the fire safety
  plan.  His  or  her  training  and related activities shall be under the
  direction  of  the  fire  safety  director  in   accordance   with   the
  requirements  of  the  commissioner  and  the  fire  safety  plan.  Such
  activities shall be subject to fire department control.
    3. A fire brigade consisting of qualified building  service  employees
  shall  be selected, organized, trained and supervised by the fire safety
  director.
    4. Fire drills shall be conducted, in accordance with the fire  safety
  plan,  at  least  once  every  three months for new buildings during the
  first two years after the issuance of the certificate of occupancy.  For
  other  buildings, fire drills shall be conducted at least once every six
  months. The occupants of  the  building,  other  than  building  service

employees, shall not be required to leave the floor or use the exits during the drill. A written record of such drills shall be kept on the premises for a three-year period and shall be readily available for inspection by the fire department. 5. In buildings where compliance would cause practical difficulty or undue hardship, the commissioner may waive or modify the requirements of this subdivision and accept alternatives fulfilling the intent of these requirements consistent with public safety. 6. The tenant or tenants of each floor shall, upon request of the owner or person in charge of the building, make responsible and dependable employees available for designation and training by the fire safety director as fire wardens and deputy fire wardens. Designated fire wardens and deputy fire wardens shall carry out their responsibilities as contained in the fire safety plan. b. Signs at elevator landings. A sign shall be posted and maintained in a conspicuous place on every floor at the elevator landing, as provided in article nine of subchapter six of chapter one of this title of the code, indicating that in case of fire, occupants shall use the stairs unless otherwise instructed. The sign shall contain a diagram showing the location of the stairs, except that such diagram may be omitted provided that signs containing such diagram are posted in conspicuous places on the respective floor. c. Floor numbering signs. A sign shall be posted and maintained within each stair enclosure on every floor indicating the number of the floor, as provided in article nine of subchapter six of chapter one of this title of the code. d. Stair and elevator identification signs. Each stair and each bank of elevators shall be identified by an alphabetical letter. A sign indicating the letter of identification shall be posted and maintained at each elevator landing and on the side of the stair door from which egress is to be made, as provided in article nine of subchapter six of chapter one of this title of the code. e. Stair reentry signs. A sign shall be posted and maintained on each floor within each stair and on the occupancy side of each stair door, where applicable, indicating whether reentry is provided into the building and the floor where such reentry is provided, in accordance with article nine of subchapter six of chapter one of this title of the code.

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