What's that Sign on that Building?

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truss identification sign by silvia dukesWhat's that Sign on that Building?

If you have been driving around in Spring Hill and Brooksville, Florida lately, you might have noticed many buildings that are sporting some new and unfamiliar signs!  They have in common the Maltese Cross shape with a letter of R or RF in the center.

What is the meaning of those signs?  Recently, a member of the Spring Hill Fire Department explained that these signs and symbols are Truss Identification Signs.   

truss identificationTruss identifications are posted on commercial buildings in such a way that they are visible from the street or parking lot. In emergencies, firefighters often have to get onto roofs so these signs will let firefighters know what type of roof construction they are encountering. 

In the Spring Hill area, we will mostly see a single "R" within the Maltese Cross indicating that the building has a truss roof.  However, multi-story buildings may display a sign with a "RF" indicating that the roof as well as the floors are of truss construction.

So now you know!  What's that Sign on that Building!

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Jennifer Chiongbian
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That's pretty nifty trival information that can be life saving to those who need to know what that sign truly means!

Jun 28, 2011 04:42 PM #1
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Judith Parker
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Hi Silvia, those signs could definitely save lives especially for the firefighters.  Great post as well as educational.  Thank you!

Jun 28, 2011 04:49 PM #2
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Jennifer, it's the law since 2009 in Florida.  There have been deaths of firefighters falling through roofs into burning buildings because they were not aware of the roof construction.

Judith, thanks, it's just a small sign that could have such a huge impact on the safety of our firefighters!

Jun 28, 2011 04:51 PM #3
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Very important information to share Silvia. Knowing the different signs and symbols on buildings can be life safing!

Jun 28, 2011 05:14 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Silvia - I hadn't seen any signs like those, or heard of it.  But we have had an increased number of Firefighter deaths in the last several months.  Any assistance we can provide to make their job safer is a good idea.

Jun 28, 2011 05:42 PM #5
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Terrie, I agree!

Myrl, I'm not sure they are mandatory in all states but if a little thing like this can make the job safer, then why not?

Jun 28, 2011 07:04 PM #6
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Those signs are new news for me as well. I have never seen them down here in Pinellas County.

Jun 30, 2011 08:02 AM #7
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Barbara-Jo, really?  They are now being put on all new commercial buildings and those that had change of use!

Jun 30, 2011 07:48 PM #8
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Hi Silvia, Thanks for this info.  I have seen the R's here on buildings but inside a red triangle....probably means the same things....Now you have raised my curiousity more...will research this for my area.

Gloria

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Gloria, could very well be!

Jul 04, 2011 06:44 PM #10
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The triangles are required in other states that have simular laws. See the following link for specifics:

 

http://www.trussid.com/tisnewjerseycode.htm

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Thanks Scott, for the info.
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