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Chicago Fire Deaths Increase

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The Chicago Fire Department says deaths in Chicago last year went up by a third. Thirty-seven percent of the victims were children under thirteen. In every fatal case, there was no working smoke detector.

Chicago alderman Joe Moore says he wants to get landlords to take more responsibility for tenants’ safety.

“The measure that I am going to be introducing in the city council places an affirmative duty on the landlord to inspect the apartment unit once a year to make sure that smoke detectors are in place and are working,” he says.

Under current law, landlords have to install smoke detectors in apartments and fix broken ones if a tenant asks, but they don’t have to regularly check that the detectors work.

Moore plans to introduce the measure at the next city council meeting on January 11.

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