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Why Residential Buildings Need Better Fire Safety Regulations

Why Residential Buildings Need Better Fire Safety Regulations

In New York City, commercial and residential buildings are governed by New York City Fire Code. However, commercial buildings have stricter and more comprehensive fire safety regulations and standards than residential buildings. Why is that? FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration statistics show that residential buildings have experienced more fires, more fire deaths, greater dollar loss, and more fire injuries than non-residential buildings.

In 2015, there were 380,900 residential building fires versus 104,600 in non-residential buildings. Things weren’t much better in 2014 when there were 3.67x more fires in residential buildings than in non-residential buildings, with 30.8% of the fires versus only 8.4%.

“Residential” was the leading property type for fire deaths, fire injuries, and fire dollar loss with 75% of the fire deaths, 78% of the fire injuries, and 52.1% of the fire dollar loss.

National estimates for the leading causes of fires in non-residential buildings for 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, are:

  1. Cooking: 30,900 fires
  2. Other unintentional, careless: 10,900 fire
  3. Intentional: 9,800 fires

National estimates for the leading causes of fires in residential buildings for 2015 are:

  1. Cooking: 193,400 fires
  2. Heating: 41,200 fires
  3. Electrical malfunction: 24,500 fires
  4. Other unintentional, careless: 24,500 fires

Even when comparing the instances of the top three causes of non-residential fires against residential instances, it is clear to see that residential buildings are at a much higher risk of fire than non-residential buildings.

With the greater risk that is involved and the higher degree of susceptibility to fires, residential buildings should have stricter, not more relaxed regulations than commercial buildings. There are more people, more children, more pets, more memories, and more lives that will be ruined if action isn’t taken to better protect New York City residential tenants. The City can start by requiring that all residential buildings:

  • Conduct annual fire drills and stairwell familiarization
  • Require fire prevention training for tenants and all personnel
  • Mandate annual systems checks, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in every residential unit

For more information on how you can prevent fires, protect tenants, and safeguard your residential property, contact us at: http://flssusa.com/contact-us

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/

Winter Fire Life Safety Checklist

Winter Fire Life Safety Checklist

Winter Fire Safety

Winter in New York City can be bitterly cold and treacherous. Be prepared this winter season by taking some simple precautions that will keep you and your loved ones safe!

Oh, stormy nights!

Winter storms are no joke. The power can go out and it can get very cold. With or without storms in your part of town, stay safe all winter long with this fire life safety checklist.

  • Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Have flashlights and radios ready and handy with fresh batteries. Charge your phones and have back-up chargers just in case.
  • Do not use candles. Battery-powered push lights are a great alternative to have available throughout the house instead of candles.
  • Have warm clothes ready, including extra heavy blankets, socks, and layers.
  • Remember your pets! Keep them away from drafts, heaters, and other heat sources. Bring them in from the cold, including balconies and garages.
  • Protect against window and door drafts with draft stoppers.
  • Monitor the weather to be aware of dangerous conditions heading your way.
  • DO NOT use the oven, kerosene lamps, or barbecues to keep warm.
  • DO NOT use generators indoors, even in your garage, with or without the door open. Always use generators outdoors.
  • If you live in a home, make sure your house number is clearly visible and your driveway is clear so that fire and emergency responders can get to you and your home quickly.
  • If you live in an apartment, consider your winter escape route and additional dangers they may pose such as a wet and slippery fire escape.
  • Turn off portable heaters when you leave the room and when you go to bed.
  • Have extra canned food in case conditions keep you indoors and check your go-kits, just in case!
  • Check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to see if they need any assistance this season!

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Keep Your Residents Safe This Halloween with These 7 Fire Safety Tips

Keep Your Residents Safe This Halloween with These 7 Fire Safety Tips

Did you know…Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year? Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle. Stay safe this Halloween with these 7 fire safety tips.

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