New York City residents are being urged to keep their windows open and doors open during winter to help keep their homes warm, but some are worried about the damage done by a growing number of chimneys and appliances.
“We need to be able to look out our window and see the whole city, and the trees, the houses, the garbage,” said Dina Choy, whose home sits on a block of land in East Harlem that’s home to a cluster of chimney-related construction sites.
“If we look up at the sky, we see all these skyscrapers.”
The problem is exacerbated by an influx of new construction, with more than 6,000 new structures constructed since the start of the year, according to an August report from the city’s Building Industry Association.
Choy, who moved to the city from Puerto Rico in 2014, said she and her husband have been stuck on their front porch for about two weeks.
She said she was concerned about the chimneys that sit along her street and fears they could collapse and destroy her house if the fire doesn’t come to an end soon.
In response, the city has made some upgrades to some of its buildings and is now requiring that chimneys be installed at least a foot (30 centimeters) above the ground.
But there are others who say they’re seeing chimneys fall down or be blown away by the wind.
The National Weather Service says the number of chisels in New York has reached an all-time high, with some reports of the problem increasing by 50 percent since February.
According to the report, the total number of active chimneys in New New York city is nearly four times that of all the cities in the United States, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
New York City is currently the city with the highest rate of chiming, with a chimney failure rate of 3.5 percent, according the report.
On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he had ordered all New Yorkers to shut down their homes and evacuate during winter months.
De Blasio also ordered an evacuation center for the city for people who are in danger of being trapped in their homes, according a statement from the mayor’s office.
Officials are also encouraging residents to take steps to protect themselves from the potential of falling chimneys.
A spokeswoman for the New York Fire Department said the department is offering a free video demonstration in which residents can inspect the chiming issues.
(h/t: CBS News) Read moreNew York, NY – August 27, 2018 A New York firefighter and a fire official work to contain a chiming fire at a construction site in New Yorks city on August 27.
New York’s mayor ordered all of the city to shut off its streets and evacuate this winter, and said he is making plans to install more chimneys along the citys west side.
A fire official in Newyork says the city is now installing chimneys at least 1 foot (305 centimeters) higher than the citywide average, as the city struggles with an increase in construction, and is hoping to get the problem under control by next winter.
More chiming is happening along the East Side of Manhattan, where a building in East New York on Tuesday is facing an even greater threat than New York’s, with officials calling for the demolition of the structure.
The building is at 829 W. 59th Street, in the East Harlem neighborhood.
In a news conference Wednesday, Newyorks Fire Department Chief David T. Smith said the city was now building up its chiming capability, and that more than 50 percent of the buildings in the city are built with chiming.
Smith said a number of the more recent chiming is occurring along East Harlem, and he said they were also experiencing more chiming along the Upper East Side, where the building at 827 E. 59 is located.
Smith said the number was increasing across the city.
“We are now able to provide fire protection, fire suppression, and we are able to bring our firefighters into the building and bring our city to a standstill,” he said.
But in some cases, the chimed buildings are simply too close together to keep them out of harm’s way.
Firefighters in New England say they’ve had to call in their fire departments to help prevent fires in chimed-up buildings, and in some places, chimed structures have also forced firefighters to call their own rescue squads to help with the problem.
According to a new report from a Boston-based organization called the Boston Safety Network, more than 400,000 buildings in New Bedford and the surrounding area have been chimed up this winter.
Boston is home to the largest population of people living in New Hampshire, and there are reports of chimed houses in the area.
While chiming has become a hot topic in New Mexico, a number the city wants to avoid