City Council votes on Fire Safety Package four months after tragic Twin Parks fire

Four months after the Twin Parks fire tragedy, City Council passes a package of bills aimed to increase fire safety measures for New York residents and landlords.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2022, 9:13 PM

Updated 766 days ago

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It’s been just over four months since the Twin Parks fire tragedy took the lives of 17 Bronx residents. The City Council has voted to introduce a Fire Safety Package that makes sure nothing like that happens again.
The first bill, proposed by Councilmember Oswald Feliz, strengthens what constitutes as a self-closing door, making it clear that doors must fully latch when shut.
Feliz also proposed a bill that would reduce the amount of time a landlord has to correct any self-closing door violations from 21 days to 14.
A bill proposed by Councilmember Pierina Sanchez requires the FDNY to provide New Yorkers with information on how to properly use space heaters.
Councilmember Shahana Hanif also proposed a bill that prohibits the sale of space heaters without certain safety features, like automatic shut-offs.
With all of these bills passed Thursday, residential buildings will be made safer for both tenants and landlords.


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