Apartment complexes will be required to have some fire-stopping devices under new safety rules approved by City Council on Dec. 6.

Apartments without sprinklers now must have stovetop and regular fire extinguishers as well as a fire-resistant paint on any untreated wood surfaces, such as in attic spaces.

The new rules also tighten inspection and reporting requirements for privately owned fire hydrants; set out requirements for firefighters’ access to gates and locked doors; and mandate a fire safety education packet to be given to all tenants.

John Ruch

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