So many new codes have been released since 2014 that building professionals are still catching their collective breath. The FDNY released a memo simplifying some of the most important changes in the 2014 Fire Code. The changes can broadly be categorized to include codes relating to fire escape plans and those relating to road and rooftop accessibility.
Fire Escape Plans
Previously, the FDNY categorized requirements of fire escape plans by occupancy. For example, all offices had the same requirements for their fire safety plans with no respect to the size of the building or other key factors. This straightforward requirement has been scrapped in lieu of more nuanced criteria based on:
The new fire protection plans are categorized into four levels:
The remaining changes in the 2014 Fire Code relate to firefighter accessibility.
Since every second counts when firefighters need to get close to fires, the Fire Code seeks to make sure engines can get to a building quickly. With this in mind, the following revisions are included in the 2014 code:
In addition to these revisions, the FDNY has released some FAQs to clarify the following:
Along with roadway access, the 2014 Fire Code made several revisions that relate to rooftop accessibility.
Firefighters need a clear street path in order to access roofs 100 feet or less by ladder. This includes clearing obstructions on the side of a building that may obstruct a ladder or crane. Sun control devices, sidewalk sheds, scaffolding and construction fences can all prevent roof access.
Here are the code changes that relate to side of the building access:
The remaining critical rooftop related code changes involve accessibility on the roof itself. Most of these set parameters for the rooftop’s clear path:
To see the full FDNY memo on 2014 Fire Code changes click here.
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