Fire safety is important for everyone, and those who live in apartments must take extra care. Houses can have multiple escape routes, but apartment dwellers may have restricted evacuation in the case of an emergency. Keeping your apartment fire-safe helps you and those who live around you. Following these apartment fire safety tips can help:
Apartment Fire Prevention
Following an apartment fire safety prevention checklist can lower the chances of an accident. Be sure to:
- Have at least one working smoke alarm and test it regularly
- Don’t run electrical cords under rugs
- Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable, such as curtains
- Don’t obstruct your fire escape window
- Check that you can easily open windows from the inside
- Keep stairwells clean
- Don’t leave candles or the stove unattended
The upkeep of the fire alarms can be the apartment complex’s responsibility, but you should play your part to keep everyone safe. If you notice that a smoke detector, fire alarm, or exit light is not working properly, inform building maintenance so that they can take care of an issue.
Be aware of the positions of fire alarms and extinguishers near your apartment so that you can access them in case of an emergency.
Make a Fire Escape Plan
Making a fire escape plan will help you stay calm in the event of an emergency. Prepare an escape route and know all the possible ways out of your building. If your apartment has an escape route, be aware of it. Count the number of doors between you and your exit so you can better keep track. Make at least two routes out in case you find one blocked.
Practice your escape plan with everyone in your apartment. Arrange a meetup place so you can safely convene after escaping.
Practice rolling out of bed, crawling to avoid smoke, and how to open the door from the ground.
In a Fire
If the fire occurs in your apartment, follow your escape plan. Make sure to close the door behind you to keep the fire from spreading. Set off the building fire alarm and call 911.
If you hear the fire alarm go off, crawl toward your door. If the door is hot, do not open it and proceed to your alternate escape route. If your apartment is too high to otherwise exit safely, call 911 and report your apartment number. Place a light-colored sheet or other piece of fabric so it is hanging outside a window. Keep the window closed and wait for the fire department.
If your door is cool, proceed through your escape route. If heat rolls in once you open the door, follow the steps above.
If you have a pet, purchase a carrier to carry them to the exit. Keep the carrier covered so the noise and smoke does not startle them, even after you safely exit the building.
Do not enter the building until instructed by a firefighter. If you know someone is trapped, inform the firefighter of their location.
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