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Proposed NYC fire law would require emergency communications systems in high-rises

January 22, 2014
Source: Security Systems News

NEW YORK—The city may mandate emergency communications systems in buildings higher than six stories after a man died in a high-rise fire this month while trying to escape down a smoke-filled stairway instead of remaining safely in his apartment.

The measure, proposed by New York City Council member Corey Johnson, would apply to hundreds of existing buildings in the city if the council approves it. Corey’s office estimated in mid-January that the council would receive the legislation proposal in six to eight weeks. An emergency communications system would be able to instruct residents to “stay or go”—that is, either to remain in place or leave by a specific exit or stairwell in the event of a fire or other emergency.

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