Stove Knob Covers -- an important fire prevention tool -- make stove knobs on gas-powered stoves inaccessible to children.
Local Law 117 requires that the property owner of multiple dwellings provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where the owner knows or reasonably should know that a child under six years of age resides.
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Tenants should contact their property owner and request stove knob covers. If you property owner does not provide the covers, file a complaint online or call 311.
Tenants can forego stove knob covers through written refusal to the landlord.
Local Law 117 requires that the property owner of multiple dwellings provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where the owner knows or reasonably should know that a child under six years of age resides. Property owners must also provide stove knob covers in a unit without a child under age six if the tenant requests them.
In owner-occupied coops and condos, stove knob covers are not required. However, if it is a tenant-occupied coop or condo, stove knob covers are required if there is a child under age six or the tenant requests them.
Property owners are also required to provide tenants with an Annual Notice which must inform tenants that:
It is the owner’s obligation to keep documented proof of any notification of refusal for stove knob covers, notification from dwelling units that requested stove knob covers, and documented proof that the owner attempted to provide stove knob covers to a household where the owner knows or reasonably should know that a child under age six resides. Owners are not required to submit notices to HPD.
Failure to provide documented proof on the availability of stove knob covers upon request from HPD will result in a Class B hazardous violation. Exceptions will be granted to owners that provide documented proof that they have already fulfilled two requests for replacement stove knob covers within the previous year or that there are no available stove knob covers that are compatible with the knobs on their dwelling units’ stoves.