While shopping, use the Environmental Working Group (EWG) “Healthy Living” database to select safer products for your and your children. Visit ewg.org/skindeep (or download the app on your phone).
Learn more about safe personal care products at nyscheck.org/RXP/NYS/rx_english_PersonalCareInfant_NYS_PDF_WEB.pdf
Updated on March 28, 2021
If There is a Fire
► Do not try to fight the fire yourself.
► Get out and stay out. Do not try to gather personal possessions.
► Close the door on your way out.
► If smoke is present, exit as low to the ground as possible and keep your mouth covered.
► Call 911 once you reach a safe location.
►If any part of you or your clothing catches fire, do not run or try to put out the fire with your hands. Cover your face with your hands and drop to the ground and roll over and over.
Find the Nearest Hospital
Find the nearest hospitals in your area and view what services each provides with the US Hospital Finder.
Emergency Relocation Services
The Emergency Housing Services (EHS) unit provides emergency relocation services and rehousing assistance to households who have been displaced from their homes as a result of fires or city-issued vacate orders. Displaced households are placed in family centers and single-room-occupancy hotels in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Call 212-863-8561 for rehousing assistance. Learn more here.
Help with Expenses in NYC
You can apply to the NYC Human Resources Administration for a one-time emergency grant, also called the “One Shot Deal.” Call (718) 557-1399 for more information.
Recovery After a Fire
► If you need help after a home fire, contact the American Red Cross Greater NYC by calling at (877) 733-2767. Learn more here.
► Take the appropriate steps to stay safe. Learn how to with the “Checking your Home After a Fire Guide”.
Request a Smoke Alarm
The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them, and by educating people about home fire safety. Request a smoke alarm.
Healthy Homes program: The NYC Department of Health provides extensive information on important home health and safety issues including carbon monoxide, hazardous products, and pest control. Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/healthy-home.page
Window Guards: For families with young children living in or visiting one’s home, the landlord is usually required to install window guards. Call 311 for more information or to lodge a complaint. To obtain information on installing window guards or a copy of the law or educational materials, call 311 or visit the website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/window-guards.page
Carbon Monoxide poisoning: Most homes and residential buildings in NYC City are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in the sleeping areas. If you rent, the building owner is responsible for installing approved carbon monoxide detectors, and residents are responsible for regularly testing detectors to make sure they work and replacing the batteries.
Car seat safety: Get a free car seat safety fitting by a trained technician from the Department of Transit (DOT): https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/car-safety.
Check the NYC DOT Events Calendar for upcoming fittings, or call 212-839-4750 to arrange a free inspection at a DOT Child Car Seat Fitting Station.