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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 12-05
Monday, August 1, 2005

Press Contact: Neill Coleman (212) 863-8076


SIX TIPS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE THIS SUMMER

Advice for making your apartment or home safe this summer. Provided by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

1: Fire Escapes
Make sure your fire escape is free of encumbrances such as plants and barbecues so you can use it to escape a fire without tripping or overcrowding.

2: Smoke Detector
Test your smoke detector twice a year to make sure it's operable.

3: Double Cylinder Locks
Remove any double cylinder locks from your apartment entrance door (these are locks where you need a key to open the door from the inside.) In case of a fire or other emergency you could be trapped inside if you need a key to get out.

4: Child-Safety Window Guards
Make sure your child window-guards are installed properly. Proper installation is in the lower half of the outside track of a double hung window.

5: Electrical Outlets
Do not overload electrical outlets or circuits. Use heavy-duty extension cords for air conditioners and other large appliances.

6: Illegal Locks
Remove illegal locks from your window-gates. In case of fire or other emergency, you will be trapped inside if illegal locks are installed and you need a key to get out.

To report unsafe conditions in your apartment call 311. You can find more information on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's website at www.nyc.gov/hpd




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