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Mayor Mike Spano Reissues Heating Regulations and Heat Emergency Hotline to Assure Residents Stay Warm this Winter Season

Post Date:01/05/2016 5:17 PM

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YONKERS, NY – January 5, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano and the Department of Housing and Buildings today reissued Yonkers’ annual heating regulations and heat emergency hotline for all tenant-occupied residential buildings.  

“There is no denying that the cold weather has arrived so we are once again announcing these protections that help keep our home environments safe and warm,” said Mayor Spano. “I encourage residents to contact the Heat Emergency Hotline if they feel their residence does not meet heating requirements so that immediate action can be taken.”

The regulation requires that during the period from September 15th to May 31st every person, firm or corporation in the City of Yonkers is required to maintain a temperature of no less than 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms. Indoor occupied work spaces shall be supplied heat during this period to maintain a temperature of no less than 65° F. Additionally, outside the aforementioned dates whenever the outside temperature falls below 55° F the inside temperature is to be supplied as follows:

  • Between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM               68°F
  • Between 11:00PM and 6:00AM                 65°F

Note: Hot water is to be maintained at a minimum temperature of 120°F at all times.

The Yonkers Heat Emergency Hotline – (914) 965-3331 – is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for residents living in residences with one or more dwelling units. The Yonkers Department of Housing and Buildings will respond to calls Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM during the months of December, January and February.

Heating regulations may be found in the New York State Property Maintenance Code, Section 602 and the Yonkers City Code, Section 58-22.

During winter months, the use of home heating equipment is common and residents should be advised of the following winter safety measures:

  • Have your home heating system, flumes and chimneys inspected and cleaned for safe operation
  • Maintain a safe clearance between a portable electric heater and combustible material i.e. furniture, bedding, curtains and clothing
  • Turn off your portable or space heater before leaving the room
  • Make sure the wiring is adequate for electric space heaters and check for fraying, splitting wires, or overheating
  • Never use extension cords with electric heaters

For further information on fire prevention and other safety tips, please call the Yonkers Fire Prevention Division at 914-377-7525 for assistance.

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