Firefighter in Florida - What Do These Signs Mean?

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Firefighter in Florida – What Do These  Signs Mean?


What do these signs mean?


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Answer by a firefighter in Florida: According to Florida Statue, Section 633.027, (2008). The owner of any commercial, industrial or multi-family residential building of three units or more constructed of light frame trusses, to install a symbol adopted by the rule of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Light frame truss type construction means a type of construction whose primary structural elements are formed by a system of repetitive wood or light gauge steel framing members. This rule also establishes the dimensions, color, and location of the symbol to be applied to every commercial, industrial and multiunit residential (Condos and apartment complexes) structure of three units or more constructed of light-frame trusses.


It is currently in effect and applies to all such structures regardless of when the facility was built or is scheduled to be completed. The State Fire Marshal rules(s) 69A-3,012 for Uniform Code building or 69A60.008 for Minimum Code buildings were adopted December 13, 2009. These rules will require all the above mentioned type of property owners to install the necessary symbol(s)


The intent of this requirement is to help emergency responders identify a potential life threatening situation by means of posting a single sign on applicable structures. When one of the building types mentioned above is constructed with light weight trusses, an identifier will be required on the exterior of the building. This sign will be a small Maltese Cross identifying the structure’s truss type. These support members are very strong and safe under normal conditions yet can become safety hazards when exposed to fire.


Where the owner of the structure and the authority having jurisdiction disagree as to the use of light-frame truss type construction within the structure, the owner shall be granted not more than 45 days to provide written verification from a licensed engineer or licensed architect; otherwise, the owner shall comply with the rule.


1.    Symbols must be made of an all-weather material and contrasting to background 
2.    Maltese Cross shall measure 8 inches horizontally and 8 inches vertically 
3.    Maltese Cross shall be bright red reflective color 
4.    Maltese Cross shall be within 24 inches to the left of the main entry 
5.    Maltese  Cross shall be not less than 4 feet above grade, walking surface, or finished floor
6.    Maltese Cross shall be not morethan 6 feet above grade, walking surface, or finished floor 
7.    Additional signs to be installed as determined by the Authority Having Jurisdiction 
8.    The complete rule is available online at the State Fire Marshal’s web site under Rules of the State Fire Marshal or at the Fire Department’s Administration Office


 Firefighter in Florida – What Do These Signs Mean?  


This important information is provided by the  City of Venice Fire Department, Venice Florida




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Kwee Huset
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You are welcome Lisa. I called the City of Venice and found the answer.  

Oct 16, 2013 10:40 AM #2
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
29 Years of Real Estate Experience!

I knew it had something to do with the structure for firemen, however I never took the time to delve into it more. 

Oct 16, 2013 10:44 AM #3
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
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I want to be the well educated real estate professional in Venice, whenever the question is ask, I can answer intelligently.

Oct 16, 2013 10:55 AM #4
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Kwee ....great info and really nice post!

Have a great night in FL!

Oct 16, 2013 10:57 AM #5
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Thanks Rob.

Oct 16, 2013 10:58 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Kwee, I think we have that here too but realy didn't know what I was seeing. Now thanks to your post I do.

Oct 16, 2013 11:42 AM #7
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think that is a good system. It would be a sad thing to have our firefighters getting hurt over something that could have been avoided.

Oct 16, 2013 12:14 PM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kwee - I had no idea! This is good information to know.

Thank you!

Oct 16, 2013 12:51 PM #9
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Kwee,

This is good to know and I will now be looking for these signs. Thanks for sharing such an interesting post. Happy Halloween.

Oct 16, 2013 02:02 PM #10
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I have no idea whether we use these in California or not, but I'll be curious to find out.

Oct 16, 2013 04:34 PM #11
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Kwee-

This is an excellent idea, putting safety first for the first responders.

Oct 16, 2013 09:11 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

These are very interesting rules. I wonder if they will be copied in other areas.

Thanks for sharing this information.

Oct 16, 2013 10:16 PM #13
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

I'm ashamed to say I didn't know this, Kwee. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Suggested.

Oct 16, 2013 10:22 PM #14
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Interesting info, Kwee.  I've seen these signs but had no clue as to their meaning.  Thanks.

Oct 16, 2013 11:08 PM #15
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Thanks for the information, Kwee. I have not seen any of these signs around here! Excellent lesson for us all!

Oct 16, 2013 11:47 PM #16
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

Kewee: Another great post comes from you. It is important that people understand what these signs mean especially if they are buying a structure. The fireman (the MOST risky work in the world) need to be protected. Thanks so much for posting this info.

Oct 17, 2013 09:47 AM #17
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Kwee, all the commercial buildings have to have these. A coupled years ago I also noticed these and blogged but had forgotten about it. It's great information for people to know.
Oct 18, 2013 11:18 AM #18
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kwee, have never noticed these signs before and wonder if we have them here in Denver.   Thanks for pointing this out, and seems very important for those emergency responders.

Oct 18, 2013 11:59 PM #19
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kwee, I always say I learn something new every day here in the Rain, and this post just proves it. Thanks for the information.

Oct 21, 2013 12:18 AM #20
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Are they made out of flame retardent material would be my question. I have never seen one even at the 6 story courthouse here in Florida I will be on the look out

Oct 21, 2013 11:17 AM #21
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