Fire Safety

Is your apartment fire safe? Whether you are a property owner or tenant, make usre you are aware of these five safety rules:

Self-Closing Doors

All residential buildings with three or more apartments must have self-closing doors. They should never be blocked and can help contain a fire from spreading through a building. Make sure your apartment door can be opened from the inside without a key, and that this primary exit is free from obstructions.

Smoke Alarms

Property owners must provide and install smoke detectors. Tenants are required to maintain detectors, including testing at least once a month and replacing the batteries when necessary.

Fire Escape Plan

Property owners must post plans on the inside of every apartment door, common area, and distribute them to each unit, to new tenants,and annually during fire prevention week.

Clear and Unobstructed Exits

Exits must be cleared of all obstacles on fire escapes, in hallways and by all entrance doors to a building, including roof doors. Only approved security gates that open without the use of a key may be installed on the fire escape window or any secondary exit on grade level.

Stove Knob Covers

Property owners must provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where they know or reasonably should know that a child under the age of six resides. They must also provide stove knob covers to any households that request them.

Additional fire prevention tips:

  • Do not place flammable objects near a radiator
  • Do not use a stove or oven as a source for heat
  • Do not leave space heaters unattended
Contact your property owner if your front door does not self-close (if you live in a building with three or more units), if you do not have a functional smoke alarm, if there are obstacles blocking apartment exits, or you don't have stove knob covers you need. 

If these problems are not fixed, contact 311 to register a complaint.

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