Fire Safety Signs

A building fire can be extremely dangerous. If a fire does happen in your property, you want to have the necessary signs in place to help occupants evacuate, assist emergency responders, and protect yourself both physically and from the liabilities associated with a fire. Brooklyn Signs provides all required FDNY and HPD fire safety signs to keep your building up to code and prepare for any emergency.

Fire Safety and Emergency Exit Signs NYC

Fire safety signs are essential in any building. In the event of a fire, these signs help guide occupants to safety and let emergency responders know critical building information so they can fight the fire as quickly as possible. For this reason, regulatory agencies like HPD, FDNY, and others require buildings install certain fire safety signs in set locations throughout the property.

Brooklyn Signs can produce any of the signs required by local agencies, as well as customized safety signs when needed. We also offer permit filing and sign installation to make sure the right signs are installed in the correct places to meet all safety regulations in effect on your building. Give us a call today at (718) 252-7575 to discuss your building and sign needs.

Different Types of Fire Safety Signs

What Are Fire Safety Signs?

Because fire safety signs are most important during an emergency, these signs generally use a standard color, design, and shape so they can easily be recognized during an urgent situation. For colors, safety signs usually use red, black, or white with a contrasting text color for readability. Text should be kept to a maximum of three or four lines.

The required fire safety signs for your property will depend on HPD and DOB regulations for your specific building. Commonly used signs include:
  • Emergency Exit Signs – Posted on emergency exits, these signs guide building occupants to exits so they can safely leave the building in case of emergency.
  • Fire Extinguisher Signs – These give directions to fire extinguishers and/or label fire extinguishers in the building.
  • Fire Hose/Fire Pump Signs – These signs direct emergency crews to fire hoses and the pump room for the building to assist with firefighting.
  • Electrical Room Signs – In the event of an emergency, these signs indicate the location of the building’s electrical room so that emergency responders can quickly access electrical shut-off switches for the building to prevent further damage.
  • Fire Evacuation Signs – Evacuation signs can include egress maps and other building information so occupants can make a safe evacuation during a fire.
  • Fire Sprinkler System Signs – These informational signs provide occupants and emergency personnel with details about a building’s sprinkler system. This can include where the pump room is located, if the system is automatic, or if the building is not equipped with a sprinkler system.
  • No Smoking Signs – Around flammable materials, no smoking signs warn people not to smoke in the area.
  • Fire Door – Heavy weight, fire resistant doors can be used in buildings to prevent the spread of fire. These doors must remain closed in order to be effective and fire door signs can alert people not to prop fire doors open.

In order to ensure fire safety signs will be legible when needed, we use the following materials in the manufacture of these signs:

  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum composite
  • Acrylic
  • Plastic (PVC)
  • Styrene

In addition to being fire retardant, these highly durable materials allow signs to withstand typical elemental conditions and offer easy cleaning so that the sign is always readable. For outdoor safety signs, we can recommend weather resistant materials and UV protected inks. Certain materials can also have reflective coating added for nighttime visibility.
Our fire safety and HPD signs can also be sized to fit your space. Any size is possible, though our most common sizes include:

  • 3” x 6”
  • 3” x 12”
  • 8.5” x 11”
  • 10” x 10”
  • 10” x 11”

While we can customize any of our signs, fire safety signs are subject to certain technical requirements by HPD and FDNY. It is important to keep in mind that any customizations will still need to be code compliant.

Benefits of Fire Safety Signs

The right signs installed in the right places are critical, and often required, for buildings in New York City. Fires can be a building owner’s worst fear, but high-quality and properly installed signs can mean the difference between safety and significant damage. Fire safety signs from Brooklyn Signs offer these key benefits:

Promotes Safety

Nobody expects a fire. But when it happens, it’s important those on your property feel prepared. Proper signage can make visitors to your building feel secure and encourages them to observe safety measures to prevent fires from starting.

Meets Local Building Ordinances

The Housing Preservation and Development department and FDNY impose strict safety measures on buildings in NYC. Not only does installing the correct signage keep your tenants and property safe in the event of a fire, these signs protect owners from fees and financial or criminal responsibility for noncompliance.


In order for fire safety signs to be effective, they must be present and readable at all times, even in poor conditions. These signs are made of high-quality, flame resistant materials that last so the sign will be there if it’s needed.


Why Choose Brooklyn Signs


By reinvesting in technology for our team, our in-house manufacturing process makes it possible for us to provide efficient service at some of the best prices in the industry, all without sacrificing quality.

Fast Turnaround

As many fire safety signs are smaller and use standard designs, turn around time is usually about 1 to 3 days. Customization needs can change this timeline, although we do offer rush service as well.


We offer design assistance, fabrication, and installation services for fire safety signs to make sure your signs are installed in the correct places. We can also assist with permit filing with the various regulatory agencies.

Contact Brooklyn Signs Today for Fire Safety Signs

When it comes to these essential signs, it is critical to have all the proper signs you need to be placed on your property quickly. There also isn’t any room for mistakes, meaning it’s important to work with a company that has experience in these sign designs.

Brooklyn Signs can work with you throughout the ordering process to ensure you have the right signs and the necessary permits, and then assist with installation so that your building is prepared in case of emergency. To get started, give us a call today.

Frequently Asked Questions and Resources

Where do I need to install fire safety signs in buildings?

There are many fire safety signs that are placed at different locations. For example, fire evacuation signs are to be placed near the area that can be used as an emergency exit in case of fire, emergency exit signs are to placed near the area where people can leave in case of any emergency, Fire extinguisher sign to be placed near a fire extinguisher, etc.

What material do you use to manufacture these signs?

As these signs are very important for the buildings and the residents, they are made from such material that can be easily identified, cleaned and is clearly visible. The materials include Aluminum, Aluminum Composite, Acrylic, Plastic (PVC), and Styrene.

What are the types of safety signs?

There are different types of safety signs. These include Prohibition or Fire Signs like shutting down signs, emergency signs, Caution Signs like being careful signs, take precaution signs, Emergency Escape Signs like doors, exits, escape routes, etc, and Mandatory Signs like specific behavior or action eg wear personal protective equipment, etc.

What is the shape and Color of a safety sign?

These signs are required to be of specific color and shapes so that can be read from afar. The shapes of the signs are different from each other for example the shape for Prohibition signs is circular it should be red with white background red band and crossbar, for Warning signs is Triangular of yellow color with black symbol or text, for Mandatory signs is circular with blue color with symbol or text in white, for Safe Condition signs is rectangular with green color with white symbol or text, for Fire Equipment signs are rectangular or Circular with red color with symbols or text, and for Supplementary Information, signs is rectangular with green, red or yellow with black or white text.

Are safety signs available in custom colors?

These signs are usually standard because they are safety signs they need to be visible to everyone so that they can save their lives in case of emergencies. Some of the standard colors that we offer are black, blue, white and red.

What Fire Safety Signs I Need in My Building?

There are many fire safety signs that are needed in buildings. They include EXIT signs that will help people find their nearest exit in case of emergency, high visibility fire extinguisher signs pointing to where it is placed, fire action signs describing the measures to be taken in case of fire, prohibition signs informing the occupants of inappropriate behavior, should be placed where it is visible and people can read it while walking around, not just these, there are many more different signs that should be placed in the building. You can contact us anytime you want if you have any query regarding these signs.

How big should fire safety signs be?

The fire signs are mandatory to be placed in buildings so that they can help in case of a sudden fire, so they should be of the size too that is easily recognizable and readable even from afar. The text on the signs should be of a max size and should be of 3 to 3 lines max.

What are the sizes available for fire safety signs?

These signs pretty much come with standard instruction that they should be of specific size and shape and color as they are very important building signs. But, the standard size that we offer for these signs are 3” x 6”, 3” x 12”, 8.5” x 11”, 10” x 10”, and 10” x 11”.