Apartment Fire Safety
Preparing for an Emergency
- Check smoke alarms monthly (push test button and listen for alarm)
- Change your batteries at least once per year
- Have two clear exits from every room
- Draw and practice your escape plan with other occupants
- Have an escape ladder if you are above the first story
- Always close doors behind you to block smoke and stop the spread of fire
- Determine a meeting place so that you will know where your family members are and if they're safe
- Apartment fire:
A safe distance from the building
- Emergencies where it is not safe to stay in the neighborhood:
A safe distance from the neighborhood
- Apartment fire:
- Keep access to your apartment clear with storage items away from doors and windows
- Keep all combustible storage out of stairwells
- Make sure your address is clearly visible from the street for emergency responders
- Post clearly visible address and phone number inside apartment for visitors and babysitters
- Areas marked Fire Lane or red/yellow curbs must remain clear at all times. It is critical for emergency responders to have quick and unobstructed access to the entire complex
Preventing an Emergency
- Provide at least 18 inches of clearance when using baseboard or portable heaters
- Do not use extension cords on a long term basis instead of permanent wiring.
- Avoid use of extension cords where they may be tripped over.
- Unplug small appliances when not in use
- Inspect circuit breakers, tripped breakers may be a sign of serious electrical problems
- Don't leave candles unattended
- use candles in an open area away from combustibles
- Don't leave children alone with lit candles
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Turn off stovetop; don't leave food cooking on the stove unattended.