New York City has experienced a spate of deadly arson attacks in recent months.
One of the worst was at an electrical substation, where a fire broke out and spread to another part of the city.
Now, a group of electrician’s are calling for the city to enact stricter laws and regulations around the use of electric grills.
In an online petition, they argue that there are safety issues around the grill use and that the fire would have been much worse had it not been for the efforts of the fire marshal’s office.
A recent arson in Manhattan left a house, a business and a neighborhood destroyed.
One person was killed, the other injured.
It was the first time in the city’s history that the entire city was affected.
New York Fire Commissioner Thomas Nagin said there are more fires in New York now than in the previous 10 years combined.
Nagin also pointed out that there is a need to regulate the use and safety of electric and other heaters.
“I think that there needs to be a clear understanding that the use or the use by electric equipment is a dangerous activity,” Nagin told reporters.
He also called for tougher penalties for those who engage in such activities.
“We want to make sure that we’re able to identify these incidents,” he said.
In the meantime, the petitioners say the city should also create a “safety net” to protect the elderly and those who have health problems.