Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2016 | (212) 306-3322


NYCHA Launches ‘5 ALIVE’ Employee Initiative & Simple Resident Fire Safety Tips

FDNY Workshops to Educate Residents on Best Practices for Fire Safety

Residents Can Request New Combination Smoke/Carbon-Monoxide Detectors by Calling 3-1-1

FlyerNational Safety Month that targets both employees and residents. FDNY also announced that it will host a series of fire safety workshops at NYCHA developments throughout the five boroughs to educate NYCHA residents on the key aspects of fire safety and what to do in case of a fire emergency. The Authority’s fire safety efforts are part of a month-long focus on raising awareness about improving safety in everyday life at work and at home. Earlier this month, NYCHA launched a new elevator safety campaign to provide residents with clear, simple tools for assessing the safety of an elevator.


“Safety is everybody’s responsibility,” said NYCHA General Manager Michael Kelly. “Through our new fire safety awareness initiative and a strong partnership with the FDNY, expanded resident education efforts are being paired with stronger, more efficient operations. NYCHA is providing residents with potentially life-saving information and equipping employees with tools for more effectively monitoring fire safety.”

“FDNY is committed to educating every New Yorker about how to be fire safe – and we’re pleased about this new partnership with NYCHA that will help us reach thousands of residents with critical life safety information,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.

Resident Tips & 5 ALIVE Employee Initiative:

As part of National Safety Month, NYCHA is reminding residents of the simple do’s and don’ts in fire safety (NYCHA Fire Safety Tips for Residents) and launching an education campaign on fire safety operations and responsibilities (NYCHA 5 ALIVE for Workers).

When apartment repairs or inspections are performed, there are five quick items staff should check for, fix or install, and document:

Alarms – working smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors

Ledge – window guards in apartments with children (except at fire escape window exits)

Info – fire safety notice posted on the back of the apartment door

Volts – testing ground fault circuit interrupter outlets

Entrance – doors must be self-closing and latch

Since accountability and verification are central to enforcing ‘5 ALIVE’ compliance, NYCHA is issuing handheld devices to maintenance workers starting this summer to streamline and improve the efficiency of real-time safety check reporting and work order processing. Additionally, supervisors at developments will perform random daily inspections—called Safety Spot Checks—using a handheld tablet device to document any failures in the ‘5 ALIVE’ safety check list. Additionally, NYCHA’s quality assurance inspectors will add a ‘5 ALIVE’ assessment to their monthly inspections of other work performed in the apartments they sample.  

NYCHA will monitor Safety Spot Check data to identify poorly-performing developments so additional training and supervision can be provided – and, if necessary, disciplinary actions can be taken.

Attached you will find NYCHA Fire Safety Tip poster and the 5 ALIVE Initiative Flyer.

Additionally, NYCHA residents can request new, photoelectric combination smoke/carbon-monoxide detectors by calling 3-1-1.

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