A tragic Manhattan fire has Councilman Corey Johnson calling for a bill that would require buildings higher than six stories to have public address systems in hallways and stairwells to guide residents in times of emergency.
“Many people don’t know if they live in a fireproof building, or whether or not they should stay or go during an emergency,” Johnson said. “He wasn’t given proper instructions when the fire broke out, and like many people, he just tried to flee and escape.”
Johnson’s plans to add public address systems would ensure residents know whether it would be safest to flee or stay put. The new rule would apply to thousands of buildings across the city.