Color-Coded Standpipe and Sprinkler Requirements
On Sept. 3, 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a new local law that requires the uniform color-coding of standpipe and sprinkler systems, and professional certification that these systems have been properly color-coded. This law was among a series of laws introduced in response to the Deutsche Bank building fire that killed two firefighters.
The new law applies to existing buildings, buildings under construction, new buildings, and buildings being rehabbed. All portions of exposed standpipe systems, risers, cross connections, and handles of valves serving the standpipe systems must be painted with red paint within three months of March 2, 2010, the law's effective date. However, all handles of valves serving sprinkler systems are to be painted with green paint within three months of March 2, 2010.
For all buildings where sprinkler and combination sprinkler and standpipe systems are not subject to a special inspection pursuant to Section 1704.21 of this code, a licensed master plumber, licensed master fire suppression piping contractor, registered design professional, or an individual holding an appropriate certificate of fitness from the NYC Fire Department must certify that the required painting has been completed. Building owners and managers must maintain this certification on the premises. Certifications must be completed by March 2010.