Abandoned buildings getting signs to help protect first responders

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The City of Albany is marking certain abandoned buildings to protect first responders during emergencies.

The city is marking these building by placing a large red square with an “X” inside. These signs are designed to warn first responders that the buildings are not safe to enter.

“When it comes to public safety, it’s always people first,” said Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. “This review of abandoned buildings will help protect the welfare of our selfless first responders, yet also ensure that if anyone is in an abandoned building during a fire or other emergency a rescue will be made. The inspections will also allow us to better track and preserve our City’s vacant housing stock.”

First responders can still go inside these buildings if they believe someone is in danger.

National statistics show that firefighters are more likely to be injured in abandoned buildings.

City officials say firefighters will be reviewing approximately 600 to 8-00 abandoned buildings in the next six months to determine which ones are unsafe for entry. Buildings will be inspected twice a year and the identification signs will be updated whenever necessary.

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