Audit Shows Flaws in NYFD’s Fire Alarm System

NEW YORK

The fire alarm system used by New York’s fire department has been insufficiently tracking and inspecting alarms that are not up to code, according to a city comptroller audit.

The system, which consists of a self-certification process, was deemed vulnerable to corruption and a danger to the public, according to a report in the The New York Post.

The FDNY inspection unit gave property owners 90 days to update their system to meet code requirements after being issued a letter of defect. However, according to the audit, many defect systems were given self-certifications without actually being fixed.

The FDNY unit approved 1,139 self-certifications in 2008. When 57 certifications were re-inspected, 27 of them still failed, according to the news report.

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