TUPPER LAKE - The village will soon start marking abandoned buildings with large, bright signs.
Fire Chief Mark Picerno told the village board last week that the signs are intended to let firefighters know at a glance whether a building is safe enough to enter or if they should stay out.
"You're going to see this start popping up around the village," Picerno said.
It's a new state requirement, Picerno said.
A vacant home with a low hazard will have a 24-by-24 inch sign in front of it that's red with a 2-inch white border.
A house with a moderate hazard would have a slash through the center of the sign.
If a house is severely hazardous and shouldn't be entered unless it's an extreme lifesaving measure, the sign outside will have a white X though the middle of it.
"So when the fire department pulls up, they know the condition of that building," said village Code Enforcement Officer Pete Edwards.
Edwards said only houses that have been foreclosed on and are hazardous will be marked, after village Mayor Paul Maroun expressed concern that people who have seasonal homes could come back next summer to find their house with an abandoned building marker.
There are currently four condemned buildings in the village, Edwards said.
Several people at the village board meeting asked if that would invite vandals.
"Yeah, you're going to have a big red X on that building," Picerno said.
"This was a measure designed to save firefighters' lives," Edwards said.
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