"Stay or Go" Fire Safety Law in Memory of Daniel McClung & his surviving husband Michael Todd Cohen
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Bill de Blasio

"Stay or Go" Fire Safety Law in Memory of Daniel McClung & his surviving husband Michael Todd Cohen

    1. Petition by

      Javier Morgado

      New York, United States

This petition calls on the New York City Council and mayor Bill de Blasio to introduce & sign a bill requiring ALL residential high-rise buildings in New York City to install a public address system in emergency stairwells so that FDNY and building management can communicate life-saving information in an emergency situation.

On January 5th, a three-alarm high-rise fire in midtown Manhattan tragically claimed the life of 27-year-old Daniel McClung and critically injured his 32-year-old husband, Michael Todd Cohen.  The newlyweds attempted to escape their building using an emergency stairwell when they were overcome by heavy smoke from a massive fire in an apartment on a lower floor.

Far too many victims have found themselves trapped in stairwells trying to get out alive. In December 1998, four people died in a residential high-rise stairwell on the Upper West Side after a fire ignited in the apartment of Macaulay Culkin’s family.  That tragic incident led the New York City Council to pass a law requiring all new residential high-rises to have sprinklers.

Former FDNY Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, who led the fire department from 1996-2001, supports this petition saying “If older buildings are able to add wiring for the internet and cable TV, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to require a public address speaker system in the stairwells that might save lives.”

Residential buildings in New York City aren't held to the same fire safety standards as commercial buildings. This simple and cost-effective solution can save lives by giving first responders the means to communicate when to stay or go!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Hell's Kitchen fire prompts new fire safety bill

      Javier Morgado
      Petition Organizer
    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Former FDNY commissioner pushing to get PA systems in high-rise buildings

      Javier Morgado
      Petition Organizer
    5. Friends of Manhattan fire victims start petition, fund

      Javier Morgado
      Petition Organizer
    6. Reached 4,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @PerezHilton

    Jan 09, 2014

    @deBlasioNYC Dear Mayor de Blasio, please make this a reality. http://t.co/BbwPCS0Mow

    Perez Hilton
    6.04M followers

    @barvonblaq

    Jan 08, 2014

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    Baron Vaughn
    18.2k followers

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    Jan 09, 2014

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    Alicia DiMichele
    11.2k followers

    @F1abraham

    Jan 09, 2014

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    Farrah Abraham
    885k followers

    @RaquelCastro

    Jan 09, 2014

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    Raquel Castro
    27.7k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Diane Quinn DaSilva HOLLAND LANDING, CANADA
      • 7 days ago

      NO ONE should have to die needlessly and so horrifically by fire.

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    • Diane Grimaldi TWP. OF WASHINGTON, NJ
      • 15 days ago

      equality

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    • Carole Sgroi SOUTH CHATHAM, MA
      • 15 days ago

      Everyone deserves a fighting chance to save their own life. All buildings should be made to retro-fit. There's too much of this free pass stuff going around and this is a prime example!!

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    • Rich Walker SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 15 days ago

      I lived in New York City high-rise buildings for 20 years, and many of my friends still do. I want to be sure that NYC residents are given the best chance of surviving fires.

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    • Sally Fisher NEW YORK, NY
      • 15 days ago

      Please let's just do this bwecause we have lost enough New Yorkers to dangers that can be addressed.

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