Do you Live in a High Rise? You Should be Aware of These Safety Risks

According to statistics, as of April 2016 NYC had more than 6486 completed high-rise buildings lining city streets. For the many New Yorkers that call these buildings home, being aware of the risks of high-rise living may help to prevent injury and even death. 

Fire safety. 2017 was an especially tragic year in terms of injuries and deaths caused by fires in high-rise buildings. The National Safety Council suggests the following:

• Ensure all exits, corridors, and aisles are free and clear of obstruction. 

• Know who’s responsible for maintaining your building’s safety systems. Report any signs of damage or malfunction, or if you see anything blocking these devices. Also report fire or other hazards (i.e. blocked exits, piles of trash, unmarked stairwells, open or locked fire doors, flammable or combustible materials or debris, etc.) 

Fall protection. It is extremely important that high-rise buildings have the proper safety and security systems in place near balconies and windows to prevent tragic injuries. Children are especially susceptible to tragic falls from windows and balconies. If you suspect your apartment’s windows or balcony are not up to code contact your building manager as soon as possible. 

Unsafe or Unpermitted Construction work. Some NYC landlords are more concerned with profit than they are safety, and because of this opt to cut corners when it comes to building construction or maintenance. In 2017 additional regulations were put into place designed to protect New York City tenants from injury and harassment. Click here to read more.  

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Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP