Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jan 22, 2013

All eyes will be on Lady Liberty this weekend as she celebrates her 126th birthday in a special way.

On Sunday, the public will once be granted access to observation areas in the statue's pedestal and crown following a series of fire and life safety improvements initiated by the U.S. National Park Service, which maintains the monument on Liberty Island. With a pricetag of $29 million, the project married historical preservation with safety, a task made possible with the help of NFPA's codes and standards, including NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; and NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®.

Visitors will notice improved handrails, guardrails, and protective glass sheets in and around the statue's double helical stairs leading to the crown. The monument's elevators have also been improved.

Read the NFPA Journal feature story highlighting all of the improvements at the monument. If you plan on visiting the iconic structure in the near future, take note that reservations are required to obtain access to the monument's interior.