There are a lot of great perks to living in high rise apartment or condo buildings. High rises have the best views, they are almost always centrally located, and they tend to be a lot more stylish than standard apartment buildings. Your downtown loft probably has it all, but you should double check to make sure that it has up-to-code high rise fire safety.
If you live in a high rise building, there are certain standards and regulations that your building owner needs to meet in order to ensure proper fire safety. These standards vary from state to state and city to city, and you can look up your specific local building codes using this resource.
For example, in the city of New York, high rise buildings — both residential and commercial — are required to have photoluminescent markings in the stairwells to help ensure that tenants can get down the stairs safely in blackout or smoky conditions.
Of course, many buildings in New York City don’t abide by this rule. Building inspectors have a hard time keeping up with all of the latest codes and enforcing proper standards. That’s why it’s so important that tenants like you make sure their high rise buildings are safe.
You should also make sure that your building abides by the International Fire Code. This code governs such safety measures as clear emergency exit paths and proper egress markings.
Take a look around your building. Are the exits all marked by easy to see exit signs? Are these signs electric or photoluminescent? Photoluminescent exit signs are recommended by the International Fire Code. They are actually more reliable than electric signs which need significantly more maintenance to keep functioning properly. Photoluminescent signs like those made by GloBrite® will glow in excess of 90 minutes during blackout conditions. Photoluminescent tape can also be used to mark tripping hazards, stairwells, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers.
If you’re a builder who would like to learn more about the benefits of using photoluminescent exit signs during your next building project, take the time to contact the sales team at Jessup Manufacturing to explore our products and solutions.