Fire Escape repairs and repainting are often required when violations are issued by the local official enforcing the State fire escape codes. These violations must be corrected by procedures accepted by this local official. To insure this, the vendor doing the repairs and repainting must have their work verified by structural engineer or other qualified by the State to do so.
Check list for Fire Escape Repairs and repainting:
- Inspection report with photographs - copy submitted to local official
- Repair permit issued by the local official
- Structural Engineer or other accepted by local official - must oversee repairs and visit site 3 to 5 times before allowing full paint job on fire escape. Once work is completed the engineer must verify work was done according to procedures accepted by the official and sign the repair permit to confirm verification.
- All Fire Escapes originally built before 1978 are presumed to have Lead Paint and therefor any vendor who will disturb the existing paint, for example to scrape off rust or re-bolt etc, must have a Renovator's License as required by the EPA. To ignore this could incur fines of $35,000 or more per violation.
The Inspectors at Fire Escape Engineers are fully qualified and have years of experience in inspecting and repairing fire escapes nationwide. Here are examples of the documentation provided to the property owner, local official and the repairs vendor.
Disclaimer: Fire Escape Engineers, the National Fire Escape Association and Fire Escape Services are part of the Fire Escape Services Network which is a family-owned group of independent companies (Francisco Meneses and family.)