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Delayed Egress Signage

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on Feb 10, 2021 1:00:00 AM

Q: I recently was cited by our accreditation organization for having incorrect letter size on delayed egress signs. My existing sign has lettering that is 5/8-inch tall. It is my understanding that NFPA 101-2015, section (1)(d) indicates that the "not less than 1-inch" has been deleted. Are my existing signs with 5/8-inch tall letters permitted?

A: No, they are not. It does not matter what the 2015 Life Safety Code says - if you receive CMS Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, then you must comply with the 2012 edition of LSC. Section of the 2012 LSC does require 1-inch tall lettering, which is what you are required to have. Your surveyor was correct in making this citation.

Topics:Delayed Egress

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