Audit finds inadequate fire plans in LI buildings

Many Long Island buildings have failed to meet state fire safety codes, according to a new report from the state comptroller.

Auditors visited 96 buildings in 2013, which included schools, restaurants, libraries, adult care facilities and malls.

According to the report, 76 percent of those reviewed did not have a fire safety plan on file that met the minimum fire code requirements. A total of 46 percent did not have a proper evacuation plan on file.

One building highlighted in the report was the Head Start Preschool in Patchogue. The audit states that the school was not conducting enough fire drills and was missing key components in its fire safety plan, such as adequate site plans, floor plans, fire hazards and fuel hazard sources.

In addition to Patchogue, the villages of Lindenhurst and Hempstead were also part of the audit.

Patchogue and Hempstead officials say they plan to follow the state recommendations and code.

Lindenhurst officials did not return calls to comment on this story.

 

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