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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