[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Norristown 11-3-2004 by Ord. No. 04-20. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform Construction Codes — See Ch. 132.
The purpose of this chapter is to install identification emblems on certain properties, buildings or structures containing truss construction for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of emergency responders.
The owner of a building or structure containing truss construction in any form or manner shall install and maintain a truss emblem to the left of the main entrance and at a height of not less than five feet above grade. The owner and/or developer of a residential subdivision or residential condominium shall install and maintain a truss emblem within the public right-of-way or upon the common elements/area (in the case of a private street or condominium) at each entrance to such subdivision or condominium.
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context.
- TRUSS CONSTRUCTION
- A combination of members, such as beams, bars and ties, usually arranged in triangular units to form a rigid framework for supporting loads over a span of structural members that connect together to span the space between the walls of the building to support a vertical load.
- TRUSS EMBLEM
- A sign consisting of an isosceles triangle not less than 12 inches horizontally by six inches vertically made of reflective material with white as the background and red lettering containing the following: "F" to signify a building or structure having a floor with truss construction; "R" to signify a building or structure having a roof with truss construction; or "FR" to signify a building or structure having both a floor and roof with truss construction.
Except for nonresidential buildings or structures, the owner of a building or accessory structure within a residential subdivision or residential condominium referred to in § 297-2 above shall be exempt from installing and maintaining a truss emblem. The owner of any other single-family dwelling unit or semidetached dwelling containing not more than two dwelling units shall also be exempt from installing and maintaining a truss emblem.
The owner and/or developer of any building or structure required to have a truss emblem under this section shall submit a plan for such truss emblem as to design and location for the prior review and approval of the Municipal Fire Marshal or Building Inspector.
The provisions of this section shall apply to the owners of existing buildings or structures having truss construction, but such owners shall have one year from the effective date of this chapter to comply.
A sign shall be provided at each floor landing in interior vertical exit enclosures connecting more than three stories designating the floors level, the terminus of the top and bottom of the stair enclosure and the identification of the stair. The signage shall also state the story of, and the direction to the exit discharge and the availability of roof access from the stairway for the Fire Department. The sign shall be located five feet above the floor landing in a position which is readily visible when the doors are in the open and closed positions.
A sign shall also be provided on the exterior of buildings as directed by the Municipal Fire Marshal. Exterior signs shall be 18 inches high by 24 inches wide. Lettering shall be 15 inches high by eight inches wide. Exterior signs shall be brown with white reflective lettering and placed at least six feet from the ground.
To the extent that any other ordinance of the Council may conflict with this chapter, the more restrictive provisions shall apply.