File #: Int 0361-2022    Version: * Name: Authorizing the use of temporary outdoor heaters by healthcare facilities.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Hospitals
On agenda: 5/5/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law in relation to authorizing the use of temporary outdoor heaters by healthcare facilities
Sponsors: Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Farah N. Louis
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: The bill would authorize the temporary use of outdoor portable gas-fueled heating devices for healthcare facilities. Currently, the Fire Code limits such portable devices to be those fueled by piped natural gas. This bill would expand the scope of authorized equipment to include portable heating devices fueled by liquefied petroleum gas, also known as propane. The authorized use would be limited to the duration of the mayoral state of emergency declared as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indexes: Sunset Date Applies
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 361, 2. Int. No. 361, 3. May 5, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-5-22, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 5, 2022

Int. No. 361


By Council Members Salamanca and Louis


A Local Law in relation to authorizing the use of temporary outdoor heaters by healthcare facilities


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. a. For the purpose of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Healthcare facility.  The term “healthcare facility” has the same meaning as the term “hospital” as defined in section 2801 of the public health law.

Temporary outdoor heater. The term “temporary outdoor heater” means a freestanding or ceiling- or wall-mounted electric radiant heater, portable radiant heater fueled by piped natural gas, or portable heater fueled by propane liquefied petroleum gas (“LPG”), provided any such heaters must comply with fire department guidance established pursuant to this local law.

b. For the duration of the declared state of emergency pursuant to mayoral executive order number 98, dated March 12, 2020, as amended by subsequent orders, any healthcare facility may operate temporary outdoor heaters to provide comfort to individuals in an outdoor setting who are receiving medical services or waiting to enter a healthcare facility. 

c. Use of any temporary outdoor heater as authorized pursuant to this local law shall comply with guidance issued by the fire department and department of transportation. Such guidance shall include but not be limited to the following elements:

1. Safety regulations to mitigate the risk of fire, personal injury or damage to property caused by operation of a temporary outdoor heater;

2. The use of roadways, pedestrian plazas or other public outdoor locations to provide healthcare facilities with meaningful access to outdoor locations for the treatment or queueing of patients; and

3. Accessibility for people with disabilities in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law.

d. As applied to any entity operating a temporary outdoor heater pursuant to authorization of this local law, the following provisions of the New York City Fire Code are suspended:

(1) Section 3805.3(12);

(2) Section FC A01.1(3) of Appendix A;

(3) Section FC A03.1(41) of Appendix A;

(4) Section FC A03.1(46) of Appendix A;

(5) Section FC A03.1(51) of Appendix A; and

(6) Section FC A03.1(52) of Appendix A.

e. The fire department and the department of transportation shall post guidance on its respective website for the use of temporary outdoor heaters as authorized by this local law.

§2. This local law takes effect immediately.





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