File #: Int 0243-2022    Version: * Name: Requiring multiple dwelling owners to post notices regarding electric space heater safety.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 4/28/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring multiple dwelling owners to post notices regarding electric space heater safety
Sponsors: Shahana K. Hanif, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Althea V. Stevens, Nantasha M. Williams, Rita C. Joseph, Marjorie Velázquez, Amanda Farías, Lynn C. Schulman, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Kamillah Hanks, Charles Barron, Chi A. Ossé, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Diana I. Ayala, Lincoln Restler, Shaun Abreu, Mercedes Narcisse, Shekar Krishnan, Kevin C. Riley, Oswald Feliz, Sandy Nurse
Council Member Sponsors: 21
Summary: This bill would require owners of multiple dwellings to post notices for occupants and tenants regarding electric space heater safety in the common areas of such dwellings.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 243, 2. Int. No. 243, 3. April 28, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-28-22, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 28, 2022

Int. No. 243

 

By Council Members Hanif, Sanchez, Stevens, Williams, Joseph, Velázquez, Farías, Schulman, Brooks-Powers, Hanks, Barron, Ossé, Richardson Jordan, Ayala, Restler, Abreu, Narcisse, Krishnan, Riley, Feliz and Nurse

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring multiple dwelling owners to post notices regarding electric space heater safety

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Article 8 of subchapter 2 of chapter 2 of title 27 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 27-2032.1 to read as follows:

§ 27-2032.1 Electric space heater safety; notice. a. An owner of a multiple dwelling shall post conspicuously in the common areas of such building notices to occupants and tenants regarding electric space heater safety. Each such notice shall recommend:

1. Purchasing an electric space heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.;

2. Choosing a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection, including tip-over automatic shut-off functionality;

3. Operating the heater at least 3 feet away from anything flammable;

4. Operating the heater only on a solid, flat surface;

5. Keeping the heater away from heavily trafficked areas in the dwelling;

6. Never blocking a dwelling exit;

7. Keeping children and pets away from the heater;

8. Plugging the heater directly into the wall outlet and never using an extension cord or surge protector;

9. Turning off and unplugging the heater when leaving a room or going to sleep; and

10. Any additional recommendations issued by the department.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law.

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