Lawmakers introduce fire safety legislation in wake of deadly Belmont fire

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BELMONT -

In the aftermath of the Belmont fire that killed 13 in December, city officials have created new legislation aimed at preventing another tragedy.

The legislation looks to fix three mistakes made in the Belmont fire, according to officials.

One proposal is the installation of safety knobs on stoves in apartments that house children. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says safety knobs are cheap and would have prevented the fire. 

Another bill would require landlords to post notices saying tenants must close their doors when escaping a fire. The proposal comes after the Belmont fire quickly spread through a staircase after a door was left open.

Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres also proposed that the FDNY partner with the Department of Education to create a curriculum and training specifically geared to raising awareness of fire safety among children.

Torres say he expects legislation to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in a few weeks.

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