It just doesn’t stop….
As an alternative, she said, tenants are piling on layers of clothing and using hot showers so steam fills their apartments, or they do “the old-school thing and open the oven.” Portable electric heaters are also extremely common.
The deadly fire that claimed the lives of 17 people in a high-rise tower in the Bronx is a grim reminder of how space heaters can be a “symbol of inequity,” she said, representing dangerous housing conditions, poor infrastructure, and neglect in lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Many of those displaced in this week’s fire are families originally from Gambia in West Africa.
“The space heater for me is just the scariest thing,” she said.
“I have one building where the landlord hasn’t responded to complaints,” Colon said.