Closed Doors Notice NYC HPD (Administrative Code 15-135 )

N.Y. New York City Administrative Code 15-135 – Notice Regarding Closed Doors


New Law Close Door Signs

Local Law 115 requires the owners of multiple dwellings to post notices indicating that people escaping a fire should close all doors behind them and this new proposed rule also outlines the requirements for those signs.

The sign would need to be posted in building lobbies and the on the public hallway side of stairwell doors. It would be required to include an image of an ajar door with flames behind it and read:

In a Fire, Close All Doors Behind You!

Keep Fire and Smoke Out of Building Hallways and Stairs.

Keep Apartment and Stairwell Doors Closed at All Other Times.

Protect your Neighbors and Your Home!”



§ 15-135 Notice regarding closed doors and fires- CLICK HERE TO BUY


§ 15-135 Notice regarding closed doors and fires.

The department shall require owners of multiple dwellings to post a notice in conspicuous locations indicating that those escaping a fire should close all doors behind them. The close the door notice is intended to provide a clear, visible reminder to building residents of the importance of closing each door as one exits one’s apartment and building during a fire. Closing these doors serves to contain the fire and smoke within the apartment, assist in firefighting operations and prevent smoke from entering the stairwells through which building residents may need to evacuate.


Posting. Close the door notices shall be posted and maintained on the public hallway corridor side of each stairwell door in the building, in the manner set forth in R401-06(e)(5)(B). No posting is required for an open stair. Missing or damaged notices shall be promptly replaced.


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