On May 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Int. No. 203, written by Council Member Peter Koo, into law.
Int. No. 203 encourages stair use by making it easier to access stairs in high rise buildings. The bill would allow – but not require – buildings to install “hold-open” devices for certain stairway doors. These devices automatically cause the door to close in the event of a fire. Additionally, knowing exactly where the stairs are in case of an emergency can save lives.