Happy 4th of July NYC!
We want everyone to stay safe as we celebrate this very
special 4th of July fireworks display, so are reminding all
property owners and tenants of safety regulations for the
use of rooftops, terraces, balconies, and fire escapes in
New York City.
These regulations apply all year long, but are particularly
relevant this holiday weekend, as New Yorkers look for
vantage points to view the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks
display, scheduled for Sunday evening. Unauthorized use of
building roofs and fire escapes have tragically led to
several fatal falls in New York City in recent years.
Property owners and tenants should observe
the following safety rules:
access building rooftops to watch the fireworks, unless
the rooftop has an approved deck or other approved space
gather to watch the fireworks on fire escapes, which are
not designed nor meant to be used as a balcony
overcrowd terraces, balconies or legal rooftop spaces
prop open emergency doors, or disable door alarms
leading to rooftop areas of a building that are not
meant to be legally occupied
lean out of a window, over an edge, a parapet wall or
over a railing for a better view
approaching any building edge that is not protected by a
wall or railing
Property owners are legally obligated to maintain their
properties in a safe condition. New Yorkers are encouraged
to call 311 to report unsafe building conditions to the
Department, and call 911 to report emergencies.