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File #: Int 0433-2014    Version: Name: Electrical outlet safety devices and tamper-resistant receptacles.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 8/21/2014
Enactment date: 5/6/2015 Law number: 2015/039
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the installation and maintenance of electrical outlet safety devices and tamper-resistant receptacles in certain public parts of multifamily dwellings
Sponsors: Andrew Cohen, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Inez D. Barron, Costa G. Constantinides, Inez E. Dickens, Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Rosie Mendez, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Helen K. Rosenthal, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Daniel Dromm , Ben Kallos, Jumaane D. Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 14
Summary: Every day approximately seven children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet. This bill would require the owners of multiple dwellings to install and maintain protective devices over electrical outlets in common areas of the building that are accessible to children or pets. Failure to install or maintain these protective devices would result in a class B hazardous violation. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Buildings, the Fire Department and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would all be required to enforce this bill.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 433-A, 2. Int. No. 433 - 8/21/14, 3. Summary of Int. No. 433, 4. Committee Report 10/29/14, 5. Hearing Testimony 10/29/14, 6. Hearing Transcript 10/29/14, 7. Committee Report 4/1/15, 8. Hearing Testimony 4/1/15, 9. Hearing Transcript 4/1/15, 10. April 16, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 11. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-16-15, 12. Mayor's Letter, 13. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 16, 2015, 14. Local Law 39
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5/6/2015AAndrew Cohen City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/6/2015AAndrew Cohen Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/6/2015AAndrew Cohen Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/2015AAndrew Cohen City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/2015AAndrew Cohen City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/1/2015*Andrew Cohen Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/1/2015*Andrew Cohen Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/1/2015*Andrew Cohen Committee on Housing and Buildings Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/1/2015AAndrew Cohen Committee on Housing and Buildings Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2014*Andrew Cohen Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2014*Andrew Cohen Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2014*Andrew Cohen Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/21/2014*Andrew Cohen City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Int. No. 433-A
 
By Council Members Cohen, Arroyo, Barron, Constantinides, Dickens, Eugene, Koo, Mendez, Rodriguez, Rosenthal, Crowley, Dromm, Kallos and Williams
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the installation and maintenance of electrical outlet safety devices and tamper-resistant receptacles in certain public parts of multifamily dwellings
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1. Article 11 of subchapter 2 of chapter 2 of title 27 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 27-2046.3 to read as follows:
§ 27-2046.3 Safety devices for certain electrical outlets required. a. The owner of a multiple dwelling shall install and maintain protective caps, covers or other safety devices over electrical outlets in the public parts of such multiple dwelling, except that (1) such devices shall not be required in public parts used exclusively for mechanical equipment or storage purposes, and (2) such devices shall not be required for electrical outlets that are listed tamper-resistant receptacles in accordance with the New York city electrical code.
b. An owner who fails to install or maintain protective caps, covers or other safety devices in accordance with this section shall be liable for a class A violation.
§ 2. Section 27-3025 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding New York city amendments to article 406 of the 2008 National Electrical Code to read as follows:
 
ARTICLE 406
Receptacles, Cord Connectors, and Attachment Plugs (Caps)
 
SECTION 406.11
Section 406.11 - Revise to read as follows:
 
406.11 Tamper-Resistant Receptacles in Dwelling Units and Multifamily Dwellings. In all areas specified in 210.52, and in all public parts, as such term is defined in the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, of multifamily dwellings, all 125-volt, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles shall be listed tamper-resistant receptacles.
 
Exception: Public parts of multifamily dwellings that are used exclusively for mechanical equipment or storage purposes.
§ 3. This local law shall take effect 120 days after its enactment except that the commissioner of housing preservation and development and the commissioner of buildings may take such actions as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.
 
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LS# 1225-2014
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