Every 15 seconds in the United States, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the country.  As we start a new year, let’s all be more conscious of our surroundings and potential fire hazards to protect our homes and families.  This week, I’d like to take a look at some apartment fire safety tips because a fire in one apartment could affect multiple units and could displace multiple families during the fire restoration process.

  • Smoke detectors—should be found in the sleeping areas of your apartment.  It is the tenants’ responsibility to test the detectors and replace the batteries at least once a year.  If your smoke detector is not working, notify your landlord as soon as possible.
  • Public areas—should remain clear of trash and other obstructions.  Do not store anything in the exit ways.  Self-closing doors do not need to be propped open as these doors can keep flames and smoke from spreading if fire were to occur.  Notify your landlord or apartment manager if you see any potential dangers in the public areas including damage or broken Exit lights.
  • Be prepared—if you hear a building alarm, do not hesitate and wait for instructions, go ahead and react immediately.  Know where the closest stairwell is to your apartment; do not use the elevator in the event of a fire.

If you see a fire, go ahead and call 9-1-1 do not assume someone else has already done so.  Every minute counts and quick reaction can not only save property, it could save someone’s life.