A new poll finds too many New Jersey homes lack critical fire safety devices.
City Councilman Corey Johnson said the measure would require buildings taller than six stories to have emergency public-address systems so first responders and building managers can communicate better with residents.
The proposal comes in the wake of a three-alarm blaze in Hell’s Kitchen that took the life of Daniel McClung and critically injured his husband.
Fire officials said that unless your building has a sprinkler system the stairway will act as a chimney, a vertical funnel for smoke.
Five people have been killed in house fires this week, according to the FDNY. All of those victims could have gotten out alive.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law last week, saying it goes beyond the current requirement for colleges to publish fire safety information in annual reports to the federal government.
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said it’s amazing that Christopher Cooke had the presence to do what he did at such a young age.
Christmas trees and other holiday decorations may be pretty to look at, but they also pose a major fire hazard, officials say.