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After a January fire escape collapse killed one person and seriously injured two others in Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration is considering changes to the fire code that would require rental property owners to provide proof of yearly fire escape inspections. Currently, owners of rental properties must apply for an annual rental license but are not required to submit proof that the fire escape has been inspected.
Another possible option, according to staff at Pennsylvania Apartment Association-East, is coupling fire escape inspections with an existing building façade inspection schedule. PAA – East staff are speaking with City Council members and their staffs about the best way to approach the problem.
(Pennsylvania Apartment Association–East, CBS–Philly)
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