On December 13, 2009 the State of Florida Fire Marshal’s Office adopted a new requirement (69A- 60.0081) for commercial buildings. This new rule requires that new signage be affixed to all buildings with roof or floor trusses defined as “light frame”. The intention is to forewarn a first responder to potential danger of a roof or sub-floor collapse in the event of a major fire event. This new rule will apply to the vast majority of apartment communities, clubhouses, maintenance shops, etc.
The Truss Marking rule requires that all buildings be in compliance no later than March 13, 2010, and there is no grandfather provision.
Definitions & Technical Details
Light Frame Construction: A type of construction whose primary structural elements are formed by a system of repetitive wood or light gauge steel framing members.
Signage Requirements: Maltese Cross measuring 8 inches horizontally and 8 inches vertically, of a bright red reflective color. (See sample images and explanations below.)