If you live in an apartment complex that houses many other tenants, it’s essential that you’re aware of what you should do should a fire break out. Having a procedure in place ensures that each resident can evacuate in a safe manner. Here is a quick checklist of five things that you should review in your apartment to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out.
It’s essential that you have fully functioning smoke alarms fitted in your apartment complex as they are usually the first notification to alert you that a fire has broken out in the building. The more smoke alarms you have in your apartment, the better. Make sure that you install smoke alarms on either the ceiling or high up on the walls as well as in your living area, kitchen and in each bedroom.
It’s likely that you will have a ton of electrical cords around your home. Whether it be extension cords for your PlayStation, TV or other electrical appliances, it’s important that you keep your electrical cords in pristine condition. Home electrical fires are said to be the cause of over 51,000 fires every year, so it’s always best to inspect your cords to see if any are damaged or cracked.
Clear Fire Escape Window
When a fire breaks out, the quicker you get out, the better. With every second counting in this type of scenario, it’s important that you have a clear fire escape window that you can access. Ensure that there are no obstructions in the way so you can get out as quickly as possible. If your exit point is in a hallway or a communal area, have a word with your landlord to check whether any of the décor in the building takes priority over your escape route.
If you live in a high-rise apartment, the chances are that you will need to exit down a stairwell should a fire occur. All stairwells and emergency exits should be clear so residents can safely exit the building, so if you are noticing items being left in the stairwell such as boxes or garbage, ensure that you speak to the owners of the building who will take your concerns on board and ensure that the issue is resolved. A clear stairwell can make all the difference when it comes to escaping from a fire.
There should be other pieces of fire safety equipment in your apartment complex such as a sprinkler system. A sprinkler system will come into motion when a fire is detected, putting out the fire with water as quickly as possible. If you do not have one in place, contact a sprinkler engineer to see what is involved in having one installed and contact the building owner/landlord about making the necessary changes.
A fire can break out at any given time, whether it be from your apartment or someone else’s. Having a checklist in place can only be a good thing and allow you to know how to evacuate your apartment safely. Should a fire break out in your building, make sure to stay calm and alert to ensure the evacuation process goes smoothly.