Code signs are signs that are required by state and federal guidelines via the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA regulates accessibility; and includes requirements for signage that is conveniently located and easy to read both visually and through tactile touch. This can include interior signs that identify common rooms, restrooms, fire routes, exits and more. They include raised lettering as well as braille.
This category also encompasses exterior signage such as handicapped and accessible parking signs in lots and parking structures.
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Integrated Signs keeps abreast of all current regulations so that we can make sure your project signs are compliant and will pass all fire and safety inspections, which is extremely important to your business.
To learn more about code signage and why Integrated Signs is a fantastic choice for all of your signage needs, keep reading.
What Is Code Signage?
Code signage is required signage that informs customers or business visitors about a variety of different on-site features.
A few examples include accessibility directions, areas of refuge, delayed emergency exit doors, electrical control and many more. Even a sign as simple as “No Smoking” is considered code signage and has specific interior signage requirements to be considered effective and up-to-code.
Each kind of code signage has its own requirements related to the wording that accompanies them to ensure they are used and operated properly. For example, the following signs must be visible in buildings with multiple floors:
- Floor level signage
- Story of exit discharge signage
- Roof access from exit enclosure discharge
Further, you must provide these signs on each floor’s landing where exit enclosures connect more than three floors. Also, you must place the signage 5 feet above the floor landing.
ADA Signage Requirements
Every sign has a different requirement from the International Building Code, also known as IBC, and the International Fire Code, or the IFC. Here are some general guidelines you’ll find for various code signage your business may need and some of the most common kinds of code signage. Keep in mind that every business is different, and therefore requires different ADA-compliant signs.
Exit Signage Requirements
Exit signs have the following requirements:
- All exits should have an approved exit sign visible from any direction
- No exit access corridor or passageway should be more than 100 feet from the nearest visible exit sign
Emergency Evacuation Signage Requirements
Emergency evacuation signage has the following requirements:
- Building must have approved fire safety and evacuation plans
- Building must have a map of exit routes, pull stations, fire extinguishers and a person’s current location
Elevator Emergency Signage
Elevator emergency signs have the following requirements:
- Must say “IN FIRE EMERGENCY, DO NOT USE ELEVATOR. USE STAIRS”
- Must use a standardized design of approved picture and text
- Must get posted next to every elevator call station
Code Signage Benefits
There are countless benefits of having code signage in your building. However, one of the most obvious is you will comply with the law. Code signage must be apparent and follow all the requirements listed for the sign type to keep the public safe while they’re in your establishment. Otherwise, you’re not providing a safe environment for visitors and could be punished by law.
Not only is code signage required, but it can also help your customers and visitors feel more comfortable. They’ll feel at ease knowing where everything is and how to use it properly.
Code Signage Applications
Interior signage requirements outline various code signage applications for your business. For example, fire code mandates you must have signs showing where storage is prohibited, while your elevators need to have signs explaining what to do in an emergency. ADA signage requirements have their own applications, as code signage needs to show where you can exit the building and what to do in case of a fire.
Why Choose Integrated Signs for Your Code Signage?
At Integrated Signs, we use the latest and greatest in machinery to make sure that your final product is one you love. Contact us today for more info on our code signage!