To promote public safety and code compliance, the Code Development Unit has issued and periodically updates the New York City Fire Code Guide. The Fire Code Guide provides guidance, including explanations, interpretations and interim guidelines, in the form of responses to Frequently Asked Questions.
From time to time, the Code Development Unit issues detailed guidance documents with respect to Fire Code compliance obligations, typically to address urgent public safety matters. This includes guidance with respect to temporary COVID-related facilities and other COVID-related operations, and building operation and maintenance during the COVID emergency.
The Fire Department has rescinded its March 2020 Notice suspending enforcement of fire and non-fire emergency drills required by New York City Fire Code Section FC401.7 and Fire Department Rule 3 RCNY §401-07. Effective May 1, 2023, the Fire Department will resume its enforcement of fire and non-fire emergency (EAP) drills.
The Fire Safety Guide required to be distributed to apartment building residents and staff by Fire Department rule 3 RCNY 401-06 was superseded in 2018 by the NYC Apartment Building Emergency Preparedness Guide. The Guide (updated for 2021), Building Information Form, Fire Safety Notices, Individual Emergency Preparedness/Evacuation Planning Checklist, Close the Door Notice, Annual Bulletins (including the new 2022-2023 bulletin), and Annual Fire Safety Tips are posted below in a PDF format suitable for distribution and posting:
The large print edition and translations of the New York City Apartment Building Emergency Preparedness Guide are in the process of being updated to the 2021 edition.
The NYC Apartment Building Fire Emergency Preparedness Guide and Fire Safety Notices in other languages.
Fires caused by lithium-ion batteries have increased dramatically in New York City with deadly consequences. These rechargeable batteries are found in electric bikes and scooters, cars, laptops, tablets, phones and common household devices. Lithium-ion battery fires have caused deaths, serious injuries and devastating damage to property around the city.
Fire Prevention Bulletins are issued by Bureau of Fire Prevention units to clarify the requirements for design and installation document applications; inspections, witnessed tests and related filing requirements; other Fire Code-related materials.
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