Fires can be devastating events that you hope never happens to you. However, it’s wise to always have a plan in place because in the case of an actual fire, it’s critical that you follow the proper fire safety tips.
If you live in an apartment, don’t leave fire safety entirely up to your management company. There’s a lot more to staying safe in a fire than just routine maintenance. Keep reading to find out the best fire safety tips for apartment residents.
The best way to stay safe in a fire is to practice proper prevention. Here are a few things you should remember to do.
- Check your cords often, especially if you have pets. Immediately replace any cords that are frayed or cracked.
- Only use your space heater if you are able to stay near it. Never leave it on while you’re away.
- Don’t leave candles burning when you’re sleeping or away from your apartment.
- Use surge protectors for all of your appliances, and never overload extension cords.
- Don’t run cords from room to room — especially under rugs.
- Don’t store flammable liquids in your apartment.
- Practice proper safety in the kitchen, particularly around the stove.
- Clear lint from your dryer filter before or after each load of laundry. Don’t run laundry if you’re sleeping or away.
- Hire a professional to service your major appliances once a year.
- Test your smoke alarms once a month, and replace batteries once a year.
- Install smoke detectors outside each sleeping area.
- Plan and post your escape route in case of a fire.
Fire Safety Tips In Case of Emergency
If the worst happens and you face a fire in your apartment, knowing the proper responses can save your life. Here’s what you should do if there’s a fire in your apartment:
- Always check the door first to see if it’s hot. If it is, pack a damp cloth under the door and call the fire department. You should also open a window and signal for help. Remember, breathing the smoke can be detrimental to your health or even fatal.
- If you can open your door, head to the staircase, making sure to close each door behind you. Duck under any smokey areas you encounter to avoid breathing it in. Call for help once you’re safely out of the building.
- Account for all family members or roommates. If any are missing, alert the fire crew — but never go back for them unassisted.
It can be frightening to think about how you would handle a fire in your apartment. But the more informed and prepared you are, the safer you will be if the unthinkable ever happens. Make sure to practice proper fire safety tips in your apartment, both preventively and in a real fire event. Your responses could easily mean the difference between life and death.
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